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authorShaohua Li <shli@kernel.org>2014-04-08 15:58:09 +0800
committerGreg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>2014-11-21 09:23:07 -0800
commit5450bba9e32b69a5431112324fc0877923192433 (patch)
treec08941045df4864a724553b7405443d54f07b281
parent4201cb7e8776faf89d587e78a3ff11a4c9516082 (diff)
x86/mm: In the PTE swapout page reclaim case clear the accessed bit instead of flushing the TLB
commit b13b1d2d8692b437203de7a404c6b809d2cc4d99 upstream. We use the accessed bit to age a page at page reclaim time, and currently we also flush the TLB when doing so. But in some workloads TLB flush overhead is very heavy. In my simple multithreaded app with a lot of swap to several pcie SSDs, removing the tlb flush gives about 20% ~ 30% swapout speedup. Fortunately just removing the TLB flush is a valid optimization: on x86 CPUs, clearing the accessed bit without a TLB flush doesn't cause data corruption. It could cause incorrect page aging and the (mistaken) reclaim of hot pages, but the chance of that should be relatively low. So as a performance optimization don't flush the TLB when clearing the accessed bit, it will eventually be flushed by a context switch or a VM operation anyway. [ In the rare event of it not getting flushed for a long time the delay shouldn't really matter because there's no real memory pressure for swapout to react to. ] Suggested-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Shaohua Li <shli@fusionio.com> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> Acked-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Cc: linux-mm@kvack.org Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20140408075809.GA1764@kernel.org [ Rewrote the changelog and the code comments. ] Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>
-rw-r--r--arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c21
1 files changed, 14 insertions, 7 deletions
diff --git a/arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c b/arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c
index c96314abd144..0004ac72dbdd 100644
--- a/arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c
+++ b/arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c
@@ -399,13 +399,20 @@ int pmdp_test_and_clear_young(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
int ptep_clear_flush_young(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
unsigned long address, pte_t *ptep)
{
- int young;
-
- young = ptep_test_and_clear_young(vma, address, ptep);
- if (young)
- flush_tlb_page(vma, address);
-
- return young;
+ /*
+ * On x86 CPUs, clearing the accessed bit without a TLB flush
+ * doesn't cause data corruption. [ It could cause incorrect
+ * page aging and the (mistaken) reclaim of hot pages, but the
+ * chance of that should be relatively low. ]
+ *
+ * So as a performance optimization don't flush the TLB when
+ * clearing the accessed bit, it will eventually be flushed by
+ * a context switch or a VM operation anyway. [ In the rare
+ * event of it not getting flushed for a long time the delay
+ * shouldn't really matter because there's no real memory
+ * pressure for swapout to react to. ]
+ */
+ return ptep_test_and_clear_young(vma, address, ptep);
}
#ifdef CONFIG_TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE