Re: [PATCH v2] staging: zcache: remove zcache_direct_reclaim_lock

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Hold on this patch for now.  It seems that the 
mem_cgroup_hierarchical_reclaim() path doesn't set
PF_MEMALLOC.  I'm looking into it now.

I didn't test with the process in a cgroup before.

On 10/13/2011 03:42 PM, Seth Jennings wrote:
> zcache_do_preload() currently does a spin_trylock() on the
> zcache_direct_reclaim_lock. Holding this lock intends to prevent
> shrink_zcache_memory() from evicting zbud pages as a result
> of a preload.
> 
> However, it also prevents two threads from
> executing zcache_do_preload() at the same time.  The first
> thread will obtain the lock and the second thread's spin_trylock()
> will fail (an aborted preload) causing the page to be either lost
> (cleancache) or pushed out to the swap device (frontswap). It
> also doesn't ensure that the call to shrink_zcache_memory() is
> on the same thread as the call to zcache_do_preload().
> 
> Additional, there is no need for this mechanism because all
> zcache_do_preload() calls that come down from cleancache already
> have PF_MEMALLOC set in the process flags which prevents
> direct reclaim in the memory manager. If the zcache_do_preload()
> call is done from the frontswap path, we _want_ reclaim to be
> done (which it isn't right now).
> 
> This patch removes the zcache_direct_reclaim_lock and related
> statistics in zcache.
> 
> Based on v3.1-rc8
> 
> Signed-off-by: Seth Jennings <sjenning@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reviewed-by: Dave Hansen <dave@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Dan Magenheimer <dan.magenheimer@xxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
>  drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c |   33 ++++++---------------------------
>  1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 27 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c b/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c
> index 462fbc2..995523f 100644
> --- a/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c
> +++ b/drivers/staging/zcache/zcache-main.c
> @@ -962,15 +962,6 @@ out:
>  static unsigned long zcache_failed_get_free_pages;
>  static unsigned long zcache_failed_alloc;
>  static unsigned long zcache_put_to_flush;
> -static unsigned long zcache_aborted_preload;
> -static unsigned long zcache_aborted_shrink;
> -
> -/*
> - * Ensure that memory allocation requests in zcache don't result
> - * in direct reclaim requests via the shrinker, which would cause
> - * an infinite loop.  Maybe a GFP flag would be better?
> - */
> -static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(zcache_direct_reclaim_lock);
> 
>  /*
>   * for now, used named slabs so can easily track usage; later can
> @@ -1005,14 +996,12 @@ static int zcache_do_preload(struct tmem_pool *pool)
>  	void *page;
>  	int ret = -ENOMEM;
> 
> +	/* ensure no recursion due to direct reclaim */
> +	BUG_ON(is_ephemeral(pool) && !(current->flags & PF_MEMALLOC));
>  	if (unlikely(zcache_objnode_cache == NULL))
>  		goto out;
>  	if (unlikely(zcache_obj_cache == NULL))
>  		goto out;
> -	if (!spin_trylock(&zcache_direct_reclaim_lock)) {
> -		zcache_aborted_preload++;
> -		goto out;
> -	}
>  	preempt_disable();
>  	kp = &__get_cpu_var(zcache_preloads);
>  	while (kp->nr < ARRAY_SIZE(kp->objnodes)) {
> @@ -1021,7 +1010,7 @@ static int zcache_do_preload(struct tmem_pool *pool)
>  				ZCACHE_GFP_MASK);
>  		if (unlikely(objnode == NULL)) {
>  			zcache_failed_alloc++;
> -			goto unlock_out;
> +			goto out;
>  		}
>  		preempt_disable();
>  		kp = &__get_cpu_var(zcache_preloads);
> @@ -1034,13 +1023,13 @@ static int zcache_do_preload(struct tmem_pool *pool)
>  	obj = kmem_cache_alloc(zcache_obj_cache, ZCACHE_GFP_MASK);
>  	if (unlikely(obj == NULL)) {
>  		zcache_failed_alloc++;
> -		goto unlock_out;
> +		goto out;
>  	}
>  	page = (void *)__get_free_page(ZCACHE_GFP_MASK);
>  	if (unlikely(page == NULL)) {
>  		zcache_failed_get_free_pages++;
>  		kmem_cache_free(zcache_obj_cache, obj);
> -		goto unlock_out;
> +		goto out;
>  	}
>  	preempt_disable();
>  	kp = &__get_cpu_var(zcache_preloads);
> @@ -1053,8 +1042,6 @@ static int zcache_do_preload(struct tmem_pool *pool)
>  	else
>  		free_page((unsigned long)page);
>  	ret = 0;
> -unlock_out:
> -	spin_unlock(&zcache_direct_reclaim_lock);
>  out:
>  	return ret;
>  }
> @@ -1423,8 +1410,6 @@ ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(evicted_buddied_pages);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(failed_get_free_pages);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(failed_alloc);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(put_to_flush);
> -ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(aborted_preload);
> -ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(aborted_shrink);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(compress_poor);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO(mean_compress_poor);
>  ZCACHE_SYSFS_RO_ATOMIC(zbud_curr_raw_pages);
> @@ -1466,8 +1451,6 @@ static struct attribute *zcache_attrs[] = {
>  	&zcache_failed_get_free_pages_attr.attr,
>  	&zcache_failed_alloc_attr.attr,
>  	&zcache_put_to_flush_attr.attr,
> -	&zcache_aborted_preload_attr.attr,
> -	&zcache_aborted_shrink_attr.attr,
>  	&zcache_zbud_unbuddied_list_counts_attr.attr,
>  	&zcache_zbud_cumul_chunk_counts_attr.attr,
>  	&zcache_zv_curr_dist_counts_attr.attr,
> @@ -1507,11 +1490,7 @@ static int shrink_zcache_memory(struct shrinker *shrink,
>  		if (!(gfp_mask & __GFP_FS))
>  			/* does this case really need to be skipped? */
>  			goto out;
> -		if (spin_trylock(&zcache_direct_reclaim_lock)) {
> -			zbud_evict_pages(nr);
> -			spin_unlock(&zcache_direct_reclaim_lock);
> -		} else
> -			zcache_aborted_shrink++;
> +		zbud_evict_pages(nr);
>  	}
>  	ret = (int)atomic_read(&zcache_zbud_curr_raw_pages);
>  out:

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