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authorJohannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>2019-05-24 10:12:46 -0400
committerMatthew Wilcox (Oracle) <willy@infradead.org>2019-05-31 13:52:41 -0400
commit7b785645e8f13e17cbce492708cf6e7039d32e46 (patch)
treeecfc1dbb7b4311792558fc9545afa38abaa0aa04 /lib
parent036e34310931e64ce4f1edead435708cd517db10 (diff)
mm: fix page cache convergence regression
Since a28334862993 ("page cache: Finish XArray conversion"), on most major Linux distributions, the page cache doesn't correctly transition when the hot data set is changing, and leaves the new pages thrashing indefinitely instead of kicking out the cold ones. On a freshly booted, freshly ssh'd into virtual machine with 1G RAM running stock Arch Linux: [root@ham ~]# ./reclaimtest.sh + dd of=workingset-a bs=1M count=0 seek=600 + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + ./mincore workingset-a 153600/153600 workingset-a + dd of=workingset-b bs=1M count=0 seek=600 + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + ./mincore workingset-a workingset-b 104029/153600 workingset-a 120086/153600 workingset-b + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + cat workingset-b + ./mincore workingset-a workingset-b 104029/153600 workingset-a 120268/153600 workingset-b workingset-b is a 600M file on a 1G host that is otherwise entirely idle. No matter how often it's being accessed, it won't get cached. While investigating, I noticed that the non-resident information gets aggressively reclaimed - /proc/vmstat::workingset_nodereclaim. This is a problem because a workingset transition like this relies on the non-resident information tracked in the page cache tree of evicted file ranges: when the cache faults are refaults of recently evicted cache, we challenge the existing active set, and that allows a new workingset to establish itself. Tracing the shrinker that maintains this memory revealed that all page cache tree nodes were allocated to the root cgroup. This is a problem, because 1) the shrinker sizes the amount of non-resident information it keeps to the size of the cgroup's other memory and 2) on most major Linux distributions, only kernel threads live in the root cgroup and everything else gets put into services or session groups: [root@ham ~]# cat /proc/self/cgroup 0::/user.slice/user-0.slice/session-c1.scope As a result, we basically maintain no non-resident information for the workloads running on the system, thus breaking the caching algorithm. Looking through the code, I found the culprit in the above-mentioned patch: when switching from the radix tree to xarray, it dropped the __GFP_ACCOUNT flag from the tree node allocations - the flag that makes sure the allocated memory gets charged to and tracked by the cgroup of the calling process - in this case, the one doing the fault. To fix this, allow xarray users to specify per-tree flag that makes xarray allocate nodes using __GFP_ACCOUNT. Then restore the page cache tree annotation to request such cgroup tracking for the cache nodes. With this patch applied, the page cache correctly converges on new workingsets again after just a few iterations: [root@ham ~]# ./reclaimtest.sh + dd of=workingset-a bs=1M count=0 seek=600 + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + cat workingset-a + ./mincore workingset-a 153600/153600 workingset-a + dd of=workingset-b bs=1M count=0 seek=600 + cat workingset-b + ./mincore workingset-a workingset-b 124607/153600 workingset-a 87876/153600 workingset-b + cat workingset-b + ./mincore workingset-a workingset-b 81313/153600 workingset-a 133321/153600 workingset-b + cat workingset-b + ./mincore workingset-a workingset-b 63036/153600 workingset-a 153600/153600 workingset-b Cc: stable@vger.kernel.org # 4.20+ Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Reviewed-by: Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com> Signed-off-by: Matthew Wilcox (Oracle) <willy@infradead.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'lib')
-rw-r--r--lib/xarray.c12
1 files changed, 10 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/lib/xarray.c b/lib/xarray.c
index 6be3acbb861f..446b956c9188 100644
--- a/lib/xarray.c
+++ b/lib/xarray.c
@@ -298,6 +298,8 @@ bool xas_nomem(struct xa_state *xas, gfp_t gfp)
xas_destroy(xas);
return false;
}
+ if (xas->xa->xa_flags & XA_FLAGS_ACCOUNT)
+ gfp |= __GFP_ACCOUNT;
xas->xa_alloc = kmem_cache_alloc(radix_tree_node_cachep, gfp);
if (!xas->xa_alloc)
return false;
@@ -325,6 +327,8 @@ static bool __xas_nomem(struct xa_state *xas, gfp_t gfp)
xas_destroy(xas);
return false;
}
+ if (xas->xa->xa_flags & XA_FLAGS_ACCOUNT)
+ gfp |= __GFP_ACCOUNT;
if (gfpflags_allow_blocking(gfp)) {
xas_unlock_type(xas, lock_type);
xas->xa_alloc = kmem_cache_alloc(radix_tree_node_cachep, gfp);
@@ -358,8 +362,12 @@ static void *xas_alloc(struct xa_state *xas, unsigned int shift)
if (node) {
xas->xa_alloc = NULL;
} else {
- node = kmem_cache_alloc(radix_tree_node_cachep,
- GFP_NOWAIT | __GFP_NOWARN);
+ gfp_t gfp = GFP_NOWAIT | __GFP_NOWARN;
+
+ if (xas->xa->xa_flags & XA_FLAGS_ACCOUNT)
+ gfp |= __GFP_ACCOUNT;
+
+ node = kmem_cache_alloc(radix_tree_node_cachep, gfp);
if (!node) {
xas_set_err(xas, -ENOMEM);
return NULL;