Re: [PATCH] Revert "mm:vmscan: fix inaccurate reclaim during proactive reclaim"

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On Sun 21-01-24 21:44:12, T.J. Mercier wrote:
> This reverts commit 0388536ac29104a478c79b3869541524caec28eb.
> Proactive reclaim on the root cgroup is 10x slower after this patch when
> MGLRU is enabled, and completion times for proactive reclaim on much
> smaller non-root cgroups take ~30% longer (with or without MGLRU).

What is the reclaim target in these pro-active reclaim requests?

> With
> root reclaim before the patch, I observe average reclaim rates of
> ~70k pages/sec before try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages starts to fail and
> the nr_retries counter starts to decrement, eventually ending the
> proactive reclaim attempt.

Do I understand correctly that the reclaim target is over estimated and
you expect that the reclaim process breaks out early>

> After the patch the reclaim rate is
> consistently ~6.6k pages/sec due to the reduced nr_pages value causing
> scan aborts as soon as SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX pages are reclaimed. The
> proactive reclaim doesn't complete after several minutes because
> try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages is still capable of reclaiming pages in
> tiny SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX page chunks and nr_retries is never decremented.

I do not understand this part. How does a smaller reclaim target manages
to have reclaimed > 0 while larger one doesn't?
> The docs for memory.reclaim say, "the kernel can over or under reclaim
> from the target cgroup" which this patch was trying to fix. Revert it
> until a less costly solution is found.
> Signed-off-by: T.J. Mercier <tjmercier@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
>  mm/memcontrol.c | 4 ++--
>  1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/mm/memcontrol.c b/mm/memcontrol.c
> index e4c8735e7c85..cee536c97151 100644
> --- a/mm/memcontrol.c
> +++ b/mm/memcontrol.c
> @@ -6956,8 +6956,8 @@ static ssize_t memory_reclaim(struct kernfs_open_file *of, char *buf,
>  			lru_add_drain_all();
>  		reclaimed = try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages(memcg,
> -					min(nr_to_reclaim - nr_reclaimed, SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX),
> -					GFP_KERNEL, reclaim_options);
> +						nr_to_reclaim - nr_reclaimed,
> +						GFP_KERNEL, reclaim_options);
>  		if (!reclaimed && !nr_retries--)
>  			return -EAGAIN;
> -- 

Michal Hocko

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