[PATCH 18/23] mm: Track actual nr_scanned during shrink_slab()

Chris Wilson chris at chris-wilson.co.uk
Tue Aug 22 16:50:15 UTC 2017

Some shrinkers may only be able to free a bunch of objects at a time, and
so free more than the requested nr_to_scan in one pass. Whilst other
shrinkers may find themselves even unable to scan as many objects as
they counted, and so underreport. Account for the extra freed/scanned
objects against the total number of objects we intend to scan, otherwise
we may end up penalising the slab far more than intended. Similarly,
we want to add the underperforming scan to the deferred pass so that we
try harder and harder in future passes.

v2: Andrew's shrinkctl->nr_scanned

Signed-off-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm at linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko at suse.com>
Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes at cmpxchg.org>
Cc: Hillf Danton <hillf.zj at alibaba-inc.com>
Cc: Minchan Kim <minchan at kernel.org>
Cc: Vlastimil Babka <vbabka at suse.cz>
Cc: Mel Gorman <mgorman at techsingularity.net>
Cc: Shaohua Li <shli at fb.com>
Cc: linux-mm at kvack.org
 include/linux/shrinker.h | 7 +++++++
 mm/vmscan.c              | 7 ++++---
 2 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/shrinker.h b/include/linux/shrinker.h
index 4fcacd915d45..51d189615bda 100644
--- a/include/linux/shrinker.h
+++ b/include/linux/shrinker.h
@@ -18,6 +18,13 @@ struct shrink_control {
 	unsigned long nr_to_scan;
+	/*
+	 * How many objects did scan_objects process?
+	 * This defaults to nr_to_scan before every call, but the callee
+	 * should track its actual progress.
+	 */
+	unsigned long nr_scanned;
 	/* current node being shrunk (for NUMA aware shrinkers) */
 	int nid;
diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index a1af041930a6..339b8fc95fc9 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -393,14 +393,15 @@ static unsigned long do_shrink_slab(struct shrink_control *shrinkctl,
 		unsigned long nr_to_scan = min(batch_size, total_scan);
 		shrinkctl->nr_to_scan = nr_to_scan;
+		shrinkctl->nr_scanned = nr_to_scan;
 		ret = shrinker->scan_objects(shrinker, shrinkctl);
 		if (ret == SHRINK_STOP)
 		freed += ret;
-		count_vm_events(SLABS_SCANNED, nr_to_scan);
-		total_scan -= nr_to_scan;
-		scanned += nr_to_scan;
+		count_vm_events(SLABS_SCANNED, shrinkctl->nr_scanned);
+		total_scan -= shrinkctl->nr_scanned;
+		scanned += shrinkctl->nr_scanned;

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