[PATCH 61/67] drm/i915: Drop the unbound page cache upon idling

Chris Wilson chris at chris-wilson.co.uk
Thu Jan 11 12:37:36 UTC 2018

When the GPU is idle, we can take a breather and release our hold on our
many caches. One such cache is that we keep objects pinned in memory
even when they are no longer accessible by the GPU, that cache is held
until the system comes under memory pressure. As we are idle, we can be
reasonably confident that the pages will not be used again in the near
future, so let the system know it can recover the memory for its own

Suggested-by: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
Cc: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
Cc: Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen at linux.intel.com>
 drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem.c | 2 ++
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem.c
index 6657965ab82d..aa7865095c04 100644
--- a/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem.c
+++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/i915/i915_gem.c
@@ -4825,6 +4825,8 @@ i915_gem_idle_work_handler(struct work_struct *work)
+	/* Discard all currently unused caching of obj->mm.pages */
+	i915_gem_shrink(dev_priv, -1UL, NULL, I915_SHRINK_UNBOUND);

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