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    mm/slab: improve performance of gathering slabinfo stats · 07a63c41
    Aruna Ramakrishna authored
    On large systems, when some slab caches grow to millions of objects (and
    many gigabytes), running 'cat /proc/slabinfo' can take up to 1-2
    seconds.  During this time, interrupts are disabled while walking the
    slab lists (slabs_full, slabs_partial, and slabs_free) for each node,
    and this sometimes causes timeouts in other drivers (for instance,
    This patch optimizes 'cat /proc/slabinfo' by maintaining a counter for
    total number of allocated slabs per node, per cache.  This counter is
    updated when a slab is created or destroyed.  This enables us to skip
    traversing the slabs_full list while gathering slabinfo statistics, and
    since slabs_full tends to be the biggest list when the cache is large,
    it results in a dramatic performance improvement.  Getting slabinfo
    statistics now only requires walking the slabs_free and slabs_partial
    lists, and those lists are usually much smaller than slabs_full.
    We tested this after growing the dentry cache to 70GB, and the
    performance improved from 2s to 5ms.
    Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1472517876-26814-1-git-send-email-aruna.ramakrishna@oracle.com
    Signed-off-by: default avatarAruna Ramakrishna <aruna.ramakrishna@oracle.com>
    Acked-by: default avatarDavid Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
    Cc: Mike Kravetz <mike.kravetz@oracle.com>
    Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@linux.com>
    Cc: Pekka Enberg <penberg@kernel.org>
    Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
    Cc: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@lge.com>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>