Re: [PATCH 2/3] mm: make the threshold of enabling THP configurable

From: Mel Gorman
Date: Wed Jun 22 2011 - 07:15:41 EST

On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 06:46:39PM +0800, Cong Wang wrote:
> ??? 2011???06???22??? 17:16, Mel Gorman ??????:
> >
> >What I meant was that there is a rational reason why 512M is the
> >default for enabling THP by default. Tuning it lower than that by any
> >means makes very little sense. Tuning it higher might make some sense
> >but it is more likely that THP would simply be disabled via sysctl. I
> >see very little advantage to introducing this Kconfig option other
> >than as a source of confusion when running make oldconfig.
> >
> The tunable range is (512, 8192), so 512M is the minimum.
> Sure, I knew it can be disabled via /sys, actually we can do even
> more in user-space, that is totally move the 512M check out of kernel,
> why we didn't?

Because the reason why 512M is the default is not obvious and there
was no guarantee all distros would chose a reasonable default for
an init script (or know that an init script was even necessary).
This is one of the few cases where there is a sensible default that
is the least surprising.

> In short, I think we should either remove the 512M from kernel, or
> make 512M to be tunable.

That just hands them a different sort of rope to hang themselves with
where THP gets enabled on small machines or botting with mem=128M
and getting surprised later by the high min_free_kbytes.

At this point, I don't really care if the Kconfig entry exists or
not. I think it gains nothing but additional confusion for people
who write .config files but it's not a topic I want to discuss for
days either.

Mel Gorman
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