mm: vmscan: do not apply pressure to slab if we are not applying pressure to zone
authorMel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
Fri, 8 Jul 2011 22:39:38 +0000 (15:39 -0700)
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Sat, 9 Jul 2011 04:14:43 +0000 (21:14 -0700)
commitd7868dae893c83c50c7824bc2bc75f93d114669f
tree7c9e56513ecbbf086c81ebff77310f80e0232ecc
parent08951e545918c1594434d000d88a7793e2452a9b
mm: vmscan: do not apply pressure to slab if we are not applying pressure to zone

During allocator-intensive workloads, kswapd will be woken frequently
causing free memory to oscillate between the high and min watermark.  This
is expected behaviour.

When kswapd applies pressure to zones during node balancing, it checks if
the zone is above a high+balance_gap threshold.  If it is, it does not
apply pressure but it unconditionally shrinks slab on a global basis which
is excessive.  In the event kswapd is being kept awake due to a high small
unreclaimable zone, it skips zone shrinking but still calls shrink_slab().

Once pressure has been applied, the check for zone being unreclaimable is
being made before the check is made if all_unreclaimable should be set.
This miss of unreclaimable can cause has_under_min_watermark_zone to be
set due to an unreclaimable zone preventing kswapd backing off on
congestion_wait().

Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
Reported-by: Pádraig Brady <P@draigBrady.com>
Tested-by: Pádraig Brady <P@draigBrady.com>
Tested-by: Andrew Lutomirski <luto@mit.edu>
Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
Reviewed-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
Cc: <stable@kernel.org>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
mm/vmscan.c