|| ||Christoph Lameter <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|| ||[RFC 0/7] Postphone reclaim laundry to write at high water marks|
|| ||Mon, 20 Aug 2007 14:50:40 -0700|
One of the problems with reclaim writeout is that it occurs when memory in a
zone is low. A particular bad problem can occur if memory in a zone is
already low and now the first page that we encounter during reclaim is dirty.
So the writeout function is called without the filesystem or device having
much of a reserve that would allow further allocations. Triggering writeout
of dirty pages early does not improve the memory situation since the actual
writeout of the page is a relatively long process. The call to writepage
will therefore not improve the low memory situation but make it worse
because extra memory may be needed to get the device to write the page.
This patchset fixes that issue by:
1. First reclaiming non dirty pages. Dirty pages are deferred until reclaim
has reestablished the high marks. Then all the dirty pages (the laundry)
is written out.
2. Reclaim is essentially complete during the writeout phase. So we remove
PF_MEMALLOC and allow recursive reclaim if we still run into trouble