[LKP] [patch for-4.20] Revert "mm, thp: consolidate THP gfp handling into alloc_hugepage_direct_gfpmask"

Kirill A. Shutemov kirill at shutemov.name
Mon Dec 10 05:28:01 PST 2018

On Fri, Dec 07, 2018 at 03:05:28PM -0800, David Rientjes wrote:
> > > Secondly, prior to 89c83fb539f9, alloc_pages_vma() implemented a somewhat 
> > > different policy for hugepage allocations, which were allocated through 
> > > alloc_hugepage_vma().  For hugepage allocations, if the allocating 
> > > process's node is in the set of allowed nodes, allocate with 
> > > __GFP_THISNODE for that node (for MPOL_PREFERRED, use that node with 
> > > __GFP_THISNODE instead).
> > 
> > Why is it wrong to fallback to an explicitly configured mbind mask?
> > 
> The new_page() case is similar to the shmem_alloc_hugepage() case.  Prior 
> to 89c83fb539f9 ("mm, thp: consolidate THP gfp handling into 
> alloc_hugepage_direct_gfpmask"), shmem_alloc_hugepage() did 
> alloc_pages_vma() with hugepage == true, which effected a different 
> allocation policy: if the node current is running on is allowed by the 
> policy, use __GFP_THISNODE (considering ac5b2c18911ff is reverted, which 
> it is in Linus's tree).
> After 89c83fb539f9, we lose that and can fallback to remote memory.  Since 
> the discussion is on-going wrt the NUMA aspects of hugepage allocations, 
> it's better to have a stable 4.20 tree while that is being worked out and 
> likely deserves separate patches for both new_page() and 
> shmem_alloc_hugepage().  For the latter specifically, I assume it would be 
> nice to get an Acked-by by Kirill who implemented shmem_alloc_hugepage() 
> with hugepage == true back in 4.8 that also had the __GFP_THISNODE 
> behavior before the allocation policy is suddenly changed.

I do not have much experience with page_alloc/compaction/reclaim paths and
I don't feel that my opinion should have much weight here. Do not gate it
on me.

(I do follow the discussion, but I don't have anything meaningful to
contribute so far.)

 Kirill A. Shutemov

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