[RFC][PATCH] mm: couple rcu and memory reclaim

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 04:45:38 EST

Just an idea I had, it seems like a good idea to wait for RCU callbacks
in reclaim so that we won't get all of memory stuck there.

If this location is too aggressive we might stick it next to

Couple RCU and reclaim.

There could be a lot of memory stuck in RCU callbacks. Wait for RCU to
finish before giving it another go.

Placed in kswapd and not direct reclaim path because kswapd never holds
rcu_read_lock() at this point and can thus not deadlock. Direct reclaim
callers might hold rcu_read_lock() and would suffer from deadlocks if
sync_rcu() were to be called.

Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx>
mm/vmscan.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

Index: linux-2.6/mm/vmscan.c
--- linux-2.6.orig/mm/vmscan.c
+++ linux-2.6/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -1435,8 +1435,10 @@ loop_again:
unsigned long lru_pages = 0;

/* The swap token gets in the way of swapout... */
- if (!priority)
+ if (!priority) {
+ synchronize_rcu();
+ }

all_zones_ok = 1;

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