[PATCH] KVM: PPC: BOOK3S: HV: Don't try to allocate from kernel page allocator for hash page table.

Alexander Graf agraf at suse.de
Wed May 7 00:25:33 EST 2014

On 05/06/2014 04:20 PM, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> Alexander Graf <agraf at suse.de> writes:
>> On 06.05.14 09:19, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2014-05-06 at 09:05 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
>>>> On 06.05.14 02:06, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, 2014-05-05 at 17:16 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
>>>>>> Isn't this a greater problem? We should start swapping before we hit
>>>>>> the point where non movable kernel allocation fails, no?
>>>>> Possibly but the fact remains, this can be avoided by making sure that
>>>>> if we create a CMA reserve for KVM, then it uses it rather than using
>>>>> the rest of main memory for hash tables.
>>>> So why were we preferring non-CMA memory before? Considering that Aneesh
>>>> introduced that logic in fa61a4e3 I suppose this was just a mistake?
>>> I assume so.
> ....
> ...
>>> Whatever remains is split between CMA and the normal page allocator.
>>> Without Aneesh latest patch, when creating guests, KVM starts allocating
>>> it's hash tables from the latter instead of CMA (we never allocate from
>>> hugetlb pool afaik, only guest pages do that, not hash tables).
>>> So we exhaust the page allocator and get linux into OOM conditions
>>> while there's plenty of space in CMA. But the kernel cannot use CMA for
>>> it's own allocations, only to back user pages, which we don't care about
>>> because our guest pages are covered by our hugetlb reserve :-)
>> Yes. Write that in the patch description and I'm happy ;).
> How about the below:
> Current KVM code first try to allocate hash page table from the normal
> page allocator before falling back to the CMA reserve region. One of the
> side effects of that is, we could exhaust the page allocator and get
> linux into OOM conditions while we still have plenty of space in CMA.
> Fix this by trying the CMA reserve region first and then falling back
> to normal page allocator if we fail to get enough memory from CMA
> reserve area.

Fix the grammar (I've spotted a good number of mistakes), then this 
should do. Please also improve the headline.


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