[PATCH 2/4] mm: speed up mremap by 500x on large regions (v2)

Vlastimil Babka vbabka at suse.cz
Tue Oct 16 04:29:52 PDT 2018

On 10/16/18 12:33 AM, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 15, 2018 at 02:42:09AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> On Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 06:31:58PM -0700, Joel Fernandes (Google) wrote:
>>> Android needs to mremap large regions of memory during memory management
>>> related operations.
>> Just curious: why?
> In Android we have a requirement of moving a large (up to a GB now, but may
> grow bigger in future) memory range from one location to another.

I think Christoph's "why?" was about the requirement, not why it hurts
applications. I admit I'm now also curious :)

> This move
> operation has to happen when the application threads are paused for this
> operation. Therefore, an inefficient move like it is now (for example 250ms
> on arm64) will cause response time issues for applications, which is not
> acceptable. Huge pages cannot be used in such memory ranges to avoid this
> inefficiency as (when the application threads are running) our fault handlers
> are designed to process 4KB pages at a time, to keep response times low. So
> using huge pages in this context can, again, cause response time issues.
> Also, the mremap syscall waiting for quarter of a second for a large mremap
> is quite weird and we ought to improve it where possible.

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