[PATCHv7 4/8] zswap: add to mm/

Seth Jennings sjenning at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Mar 7 21:21:54 UTC 2013


On 03/07/2013 01:00 PM, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On 03/06/2013 07:52 AM, Seth Jennings wrote:
>> +static int __zswap_cpu_notifier(unsigned long action, unsigned long cpu)
>> +{
>> +	struct crypto_comp *tfm;
>> +	u8 *dst;
>> +
>> +	switch (action) {
>> +	case CPU_UP_PREPARE:
>> +		tfm = crypto_alloc_comp(zswap_compressor, 0, 0);
>> +		if (IS_ERR(tfm)) {
>> +			pr_err("can't allocate compressor transform\n");
>> +			return NOTIFY_BAD;
>> +		}
>> +		*per_cpu_ptr(zswap_comp_pcpu_tfms, cpu) = tfm;
>> +		dst = (u8 *)__get_free_pages(GFP_KERNEL, 1);
> 
> Are there some alignment requirements for 'dst'?  If not, why not use
> kmalloc()?  I think kmalloc() should always be used where possible since
> slab debugging is so useful compared to what we can do with raw
> buddy-allocated pages.

Sounds good to me.

> 
> Where does the order-1 requirement come from by the way?

Unsafe LZO compression
(http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.mm/95460)

Forgot to put in the comment for v7.

> 
> ...
>> +**********************************/
>> +/* attempts to compress and store an single page */
>> +static int zswap_frontswap_store(unsigned type, pgoff_t offset,
>> +				struct page *page)
>> +{
> ...
>> +	/* store */
>> +	handle = zs_malloc(tree->pool, dlen,
>> +		__GFP_NORETRY | __GFP_HIGHMEM | __GFP_NOMEMALLOC |
>> +			__GFP_NOWARN);
>> +	if (!handle) {
>> +		zswap_reject_zsmalloc_fail++;
>> +		ret = -ENOMEM;
>> +		goto putcpu;
>> +	}
>> +
> 
> I think there needs to at least be some strong comments in here about
> why you're doing this kind of allocation.  From some IRC discussion, it
> seems like you found some pathological case where zswap wasn't helping
> make reclaim progress and ended up draining the reserve pools and you
> did this to avoid draining the reserve pools.

I'm currently doing some tests with fewer zsmalloc class sizes and
removing __GFP_NOMEMALLOC to see the effect.

> 
> I think the lack of progress doing reclaim is really the root cause you
> should be going after here instead of just working around the symptom.
> 
>> +/* NOTE: this is called in atomic context from swapon and must not sleep */
>> +static void zswap_frontswap_init(unsigned type)
>> +{
>> +	struct zswap_tree *tree;
>> +
>> +	tree = kzalloc(sizeof(struct zswap_tree), GFP_NOWAIT);
>> +	if (!tree)
>> +		goto err;
>> +	tree->pool = zs_create_pool(GFP_NOWAIT, &zswap_zs_ops);
>> +	if (!tree->pool)
>> +		goto freetree;
>> +	tree->rbroot = RB_ROOT;
>> +	spin_lock_init(&tree->lock);
>> +	zswap_trees[type] = tree;
>> +	return;
>> +
>> +freetree:
>> +	kfree(tree);
>> +err:
>> +	pr_err("alloc failed, zswap disabled for swap type %d\n", type);
>> +}
> 
> How large are these allocations?  Why are you doing GFP_NOWAIT instead
> of GFP_ATOMIC?  This seems like the kind of thing that you'd _want_ to
> be able to dip in to the reserves for.

Not large. Would almost never make a difference, but you're right;
should use GFP_ATOMIC.

Thanks,
Seth




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