mm: vmscan: correct use of pgdat_balanced in sleeping_prematurely
Johannes Weiner [Wed, 25 May 2011 00:11:09 +0000 (17:11 -0700)]
There are a few reports of people experiencing hangs when copying large
amounts of data with kswapd using a large amount of CPU which appear to be
due to recent reclaim changes.  SLUB using high orders is the trigger but
not the root cause as SLUB has been using high orders for a while.  The
root cause was bugs introduced into reclaim which are addressed by the
following two patches.

Patch 1 corrects logic introduced by commit 1741c877 ("mm: kswapd:
        keep kswapd awake for high-order allocations until a percentage of
        the node is balanced") to allow kswapd to go to sleep when
        balanced for high orders.

Patch 2 notes that it is possible for kswapd to miss every
        cond_resched() and updates shrink_slab() so it'll at least reach
        that scheduling point.

Chris Wood reports that these two patches in isolation are sufficient to
prevent the system hanging.  AFAIK, they should also resolve similar hangs
experienced by James Bottomley.

This patch:

Johannes Weiner poined out that the logic in commit 1741c877 ("mm: kswapd:
keep kswapd awake for high-order allocations until a percentage of the
node is balanced") is backwards.  Instead of allowing kswapd to go to
sleep when balancing for high order allocations, it keeps it kswapd
running uselessly.

Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <>
Reviewed-by: Rik van Riel <>
Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <>
Reviewed-by: Wu Fengguang <>
Cc: James Bottomley <>
Tested-by: Colin King <>
Cc: Raghavendra D Prabhu <>
Cc: Jan Kara <>
Cc: Chris Mason <>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <>
Cc: Pekka Enberg <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Reviewed-by: Minchan Kim <>
Reviewed-by: Wu Fengguang <>
Cc: <> [2.6.38+]
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>


index c917720..66698f6 100644 (file)
@@ -2287,7 +2287,7 @@ static bool sleeping_prematurely(pg_data_t *pgdat, int order, long remaining,
         * must be balanced
        if (order)
-               return pgdat_balanced(pgdat, balanced, classzone_idx);
+               return !pgdat_balanced(pgdat, balanced, classzone_idx);
                return !all_zones_ok;