mm: retry page fault when blocking on disk transfer
authorMichel Lespinasse <walken@google.com>
Tue, 26 Oct 2010 21:21:57 +0000 (14:21 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Tue, 26 Oct 2010 23:52:09 +0000 (16:52 -0700)
commitd065bd810b6deb67d4897a14bfe21f8eb526ba99
treef58c59075732ec4ccba336278c9bdc7ff61bef94
parentb522c94da5d9cbc73f708be5e530ebc3bbd4a031
mm: retry page fault when blocking on disk transfer

This change reduces mmap_sem hold times that are caused by waiting for
disk transfers when accessing file mapped VMAs.

It introduces the VM_FAULT_ALLOW_RETRY flag, which indicates that the call
site wants mmap_sem to be released if blocking on a pending disk transfer.
In that case, filemap_fault() returns the VM_FAULT_RETRY status bit and
do_page_fault() will then re-acquire mmap_sem and retry the page fault.

It is expected that the retry will hit the same page which will now be
cached, and thus it will complete with a low mmap_sem hold time.

Tests:

- microbenchmark: thread A mmaps a large file and does random read accesses
  to the mmaped area - achieves about 55 iterations/s. Thread B does
  mmap/munmap in a loop at a separate location - achieves 55 iterations/s
  before, 15000 iterations/s after.

- We are seeing related effects in some applications in house, which show
  significant performance regressions when running without this change.

[akpm@linux-foundation.org: fix warning & crash]
Signed-off-by: Michel Lespinasse <walken@google.com>
Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
Acked-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Nick Piggin <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au>
Reviewed-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
Cc: Ying Han <yinghan@google.com>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
Acked-by: "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>
Cc: <linux-arch@vger.kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
arch/x86/mm/fault.c
include/linux/mm.h
include/linux/pagemap.h
mm/filemap.c
mm/memory.c