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authorJohannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>2014-03-10 15:49:43 -0700
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2014-03-10 17:26:19 -0700
commite97ca8e5b864f88b028c1759ba8536fa827d6d96 (patch)
tree37b58e8435cd1fc0f207ba51791da88b7488c749 /include
parentfa389e220254c69ffae0d403eac4146171062d08 (diff)
mm: fix GFP_THISNODE callers and clarify
GFP_THISNODE is for callers that implement their own clever fallback to remote nodes. It restricts the allocation to the specified node and does not invoke reclaim, assuming that the caller will take care of it when the fallback fails, e.g. through a subsequent allocation request without GFP_THISNODE set. However, many current GFP_THISNODE users only want the node exclusive aspect of the flag, without actually implementing their own fallback or triggering reclaim if necessary. This results in things like page migration failing prematurely even when there is easily reclaimable memory available, unless kswapd happens to be running already or a concurrent allocation attempt triggers the necessary reclaim. Convert all callsites that don't implement their own fallback strategy to __GFP_THISNODE. This restricts the allocation a single node too, but at the same time allows the allocator to enter the slowpath, wake kswapd, and invoke direct reclaim if necessary, to make the allocation happen when memory is full. Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Cc: Jan Stancek <jstancek@redhat.com> Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'include')
3 files changed, 7 insertions, 3 deletions
diff --git a/include/linux/gfp.h b/include/linux/gfp.h
index 0437439bc047..39b81dc7d01a 100644
--- a/include/linux/gfp.h
+++ b/include/linux/gfp.h
@@ -123,6 +123,10 @@ struct vm_area_struct;
+ * GFP_THISNODE does not perform any reclaim, you most likely want to
+ * use __GFP_THISNODE to allocate from a given node without fallback!
+ */
diff --git a/include/linux/mmzone.h b/include/linux/mmzone.h
index 5f2052c83154..9b61b9bf81ac 100644
--- a/include/linux/mmzone.h
+++ b/include/linux/mmzone.h
@@ -590,10 +590,10 @@ static inline bool zone_is_empty(struct zone *zone)
* The NUMA zonelists are doubled because we need zonelists that restrict the
- * allocations to a single node for GFP_THISNODE.
+ * allocations to a single node for __GFP_THISNODE.
* [0] : Zonelist with fallback
- * [1] : No fallback (GFP_THISNODE)
+ * [1] : No fallback (__GFP_THISNODE)
diff --git a/include/linux/slab.h b/include/linux/slab.h
index 9260abdd67df..b5b2df60299e 100644
--- a/include/linux/slab.h
+++ b/include/linux/slab.h
@@ -410,7 +410,7 @@ static __always_inline void *kmalloc_large(size_t size, gfp_t flags)
* %GFP_NOWAIT - Allocation will not sleep.
- * %GFP_THISNODE - Allocate node-local memory only.
+ * %__GFP_THISNODE - Allocate node-local memory only.
* %GFP_DMA - Allocation suitable for DMA.
* Should only be used for kmalloc() caches. Otherwise, use a