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From: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org, netdev@vger.kernel.org
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>,
	Trond Myklebust <trond.myklebust@fys.uio.no>,
	Thomas Graf <tgraf@suug.ch>, David Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
Subject: [PATCH 29/29] balance_dirty_pages() vs throttle_vm_writeout() deadlock
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 15:43:33 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070221144844.410363000@taijtu.programming.kicks-ass.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070221144304.512721000@taijtu.programming.kicks-ass.net>

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If we have a lot of dirty memory and hit the throttle in balance_dirty_pages()
we (potentially) generate a lot of writeback and unstable pages, if however
during this writeback we need to reclaim a bit, we might hit
throttle_vm_writeout(), which might delay us until the combined total of
NR_UNSTABLE_NFS + NR_WRITEBACK falls below the dirty limit.

However unstable pages don't go away automagickally, they need a push. While
balance_dirty_pages() does this push, throttle_vm_writeout() doesn't. So we can
sit here ad infintum.

Hence I propose to remove the NR_UNSTABLE_NFS count from throttle_vm_writeout().

Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>
---
 mm/page-writeback.c |    3 +--
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 2 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6-git/mm/page-writeback.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6-git.orig/mm/page-writeback.c	2007-02-20 15:07:43.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.6-git/mm/page-writeback.c	2007-02-20 16:42:45.000000000 +0100
@@ -310,8 +310,7 @@ void throttle_vm_writeout(void)
                  */
                 dirty_thresh += dirty_thresh / 10;      /* wheeee... */
 
-                if (global_page_state(NR_UNSTABLE_NFS) +
-			global_page_state(NR_WRITEBACK) <= dirty_thresh)
+                if (global_page_state(NR_WRITEBACK) <= dirty_thresh)
                         	break;
                 congestion_wait(WRITE, HZ/10);
         }

-- 


      parent reply	other threads:[~2007-02-21 15:05 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 45+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-21 14:43 [PATCH 00/29] swap over networked storage -v11 Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 01/29] mm: page allocation rank Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 02/29] mm: slab allocation fairness Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 15:33   ` Pekka Enberg
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 03/29] mm: allow PF_MEMALLOC from softirq context Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 15:53   ` Arjan van de Ven
2007-02-22  9:16     ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-22  9:48       ` Arjan van de Ven
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 04/29] mm: serialize access to min_free_kbytes Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 05/29] mm: emergency pool Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 06/29] mm: __GFP_EMERGENCY Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 07/29] mm: allow mempool to fall back to memalloc reserves Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 08/29] mm: kmem_cache_objs_to_pages() Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 15:47   ` Pekka Enberg
2007-02-22  9:28     ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-22  9:45       ` Pekka Enberg
2007-02-22  9:49         ` Pekka Enberg
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 09/29] selinux: tag avc cache alloc as non-critical Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 15:22   ` James Morris
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 10/29] net: wrap sk->sk_backlog_rcv() Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 11/29] net: packet split receive api Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 12/29] net: remove alloc_skb_from_cache Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 13/29] netvm: link network to vm layer Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 14/29] netvm: INET reserves Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 15/29] netvm: hook skb allocation to reserves Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 16/29] netvm: filter emergency skbs Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 17/29] netvm: prevent a TCP specific deadlock Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 18/29] netfilter: notify about NF_QUEUE vs emergency skbs Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-24 15:27   ` Patrick McHardy
2007-02-24 15:46     ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-24 16:17       ` Patrick McHardy
2007-02-24 16:18         ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-24 16:40           ` Patrick McHardy
2007-02-24 16:55             ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 19/29] netvm: skb processing Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 20/29] uml: rename arch/um remove_mapping() Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 21/29] mm: prepare swap entry methods for use in page methods Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 22/29] mm: add support for non block device backed swap files Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 23/29] mm: methods for teaching filesystems about PG_swapcache pages Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 24/29] nfs: remove mempools Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 25/29] nfs: only use stable storage for swap Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 26/29] nfs: teach the NFS client how to treat PG_swapcache pages Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 27/29] nfs: disable data cache revalidation for swapfiles Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` [PATCH 28/29] nfs: enable swap on NFS Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-21 14:43 ` Peter Zijlstra [this message]

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