[PATCH] slub: Don't throw away partial remote slabs if there is no local memory

Christoph Lameter cl at linux.com
Fri Jan 31 03:26:51 EST 2014

On Wed, 29 Jan 2014, Nishanth Aravamudan wrote:

> exactly what the caller intends.
> int searchnode = node;
> if (node == NUMA_NO_NODE)
> 	searchnode = numa_mem_id();
> if (!node_present_pages(node))
> 	searchnode = local_memory_node(node);
> The difference in semantics from the previous is that here, if we have a
> memoryless node, rather than using the CPU's nearest NUMA node, we use
> the NUMA node closest to the requested one?

The idea here is that the page allocator will do the fallback to other
nodes. This check for !node_present should not be necessary. SLUB needs to
accept the page from whatever node the page allocator returned and work
with that.

The problem is the check for having a slab from the "right" node may fall
again after another attempt to allocate from the same node. SLUB will then
push the slab from the *wrong* node back to the partial lists and may
attempt another allocation that will again be successful but return memory
from another node. That way the partial lists from a particular node are
growing uselessly.

One way to solve this may be to check if memory is actually allocated
from the requested node and fallback to NUMA_NO_NODE (which will use the
last allocated slab) for future allocs if the page allocator returned
memory from a different node (unless GFP_THIS_NODE is set of course).
Otherwise we end up replicating  the page allocator logic in slub like in
slab. That is what I wanted to

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