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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 09:35:34 -0800
From:   Linus Torvalds <>
To:     Jan Kara <>
Cc:     Hugh Dickins <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Matthew Wilcox <>,
        syzbot <>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
        Linux-MM <>,
        syzkaller-bugs <>
Subject: Re: kernel BUG at mm/page-writeback.c:LINE!

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 2:44 AM Jan Kara <> wrote:
> On Fri 08-01-21 18:04:21, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> >
> > Oh, and Michael Larabel (of phoronix) reports that that one-liner does
> > something bad to a few PostgreSQL tests, on the order of 5-10%
> > regression on some machines (but apparently not others).
> Do you have more details? From my experience (we do regular pgbench runs
> for various kernels in various configs in SUSE) PostgreSQL numbers tend to
> be somewhat noisy and more dependent on CPU scheduling and NUMA locality
> than anything else. But it very much depends on the exact config passed to
> pgbench so that's why I'm asking...

No, I don't really have many more details. I don't have things like
raw numbers or exact configurations, but Michael has been very
responsive if you ask, so if you are interested, just email him at
Michael Larabel <>.

It wasn't NUMA - apparently the machines he saw this on were just
plain consumer setups, and his larger machines didn't actually show
the effect. But yes, I suspect it was some scheduling artifact, and
probably just fairly random noise from just changing the scheduling
pattern a bit.


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