[34-longterm 226/260] mm, x86: Saving vmcore with non-lazy freeing of vmas

Paul Gortmaker paul.gortmaker at windriver.com
Sun Jan 2 02:18:42 EST 2011

From: Cliff Wickman <cpw at sgi.com>

commit 3ee48b6af49cf534ca2f481ecc484b156a41451d upstream.

During the reading of /proc/vmcore the kernel is doing
ioremap()/iounmap() repeatedly. And the buildup of un-flushed
vm_area_struct's is causing a great deal of overhead. (rb_next()
is chewing up most of that time).

This solution is to provide function set_iounmap_nonlazy(). It
causes a subsequent call to iounmap() to immediately purge the
vma area (with try_purge_vmap_area_lazy()).

With this patch we have seen the time for writing a 250MB
compressed dump drop from 71 seconds to 44 seconds.

Signed-off-by: Cliff Wickman <cpw at sgi.com>
Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm at linux-foundation.org>
Cc: kexec at lists.infradead.org
LKML-Reference: <E1OwHZ4-0005WK-Tw at eag09.americas.sgi.com>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo at elte.hu>
Signed-off-by: Paul Gortmaker <paul.gortmaker at windriver.com>
 arch/x86/include/asm/io.h       |    1 +
 arch/x86/kernel/crash_dump_64.c |    1 +
 mm/vmalloc.c                    |    9 +++++++++
 3 files changed, 11 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/io.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/io.h
index 30a3e97..6a45ec4 100644
--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/io.h
+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/io.h
@@ -206,6 +206,7 @@ static inline void __iomem *ioremap(resource_size_t offset, unsigned long size)
 extern void iounmap(volatile void __iomem *addr);
+extern void set_iounmap_nonlazy(void);
 #ifdef __KERNEL__
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/crash_dump_64.c b/arch/x86/kernel/crash_dump_64.c
index 045b36c..ce96a6b 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/crash_dump_64.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/crash_dump_64.c
@@ -46,6 +46,7 @@ ssize_t copy_oldmem_page(unsigned long pfn, char *buf,
 	} else
 		memcpy(buf, vaddr + offset, csize);
+	set_iounmap_nonlazy();
 	return csize;
diff --git a/mm/vmalloc.c b/mm/vmalloc.c
index ae00746..20a402c 100644
--- a/mm/vmalloc.c
+++ b/mm/vmalloc.c
@@ -513,6 +513,15 @@ static atomic_t vmap_lazy_nr = ATOMIC_INIT(0);
 static void purge_fragmented_blocks_allcpus(void);
+ * called before a call to iounmap() if the caller wants vm_area_struct's
+ * immediately freed.
+ */
+void set_iounmap_nonlazy(void)
+	atomic_set(&vmap_lazy_nr, lazy_max_pages()+1);
  * Purges all lazily-freed vmap areas.
  * If sync is 0 then don't purge if there is already a purge in progress.

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