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Re: [RFC PATCH] mm: align anon mmap for THP




On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 08:10:03PM +0000, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> At LPC last year, Boaz Harrosh asked why he had to 'jump through hoops'
> to get an address returned by mmap() suitably aligned for THP.  It seems
> that if mmap is asking for a mapping length greater than huge page
> size, it should align the returned address to huge page size.
> 
> THP alignment has already been added for DAX, shm and tmpfs.  However,
> simple anon mappings does not take THP alignment into account.

In general case, when no hint address provided, all anonymous memory
requests have tendency to clamp into a single bigger VMA and get you
better chance having THP, even if a single allocation is too small.
This patch will *reduce* the effect and I guess the net result will be
net negative.

The patch also effectively reduces bit available for ASLR and increases
address space fragmentation (increases number of VMA and therefore page
fault cost).

I think any change in this direction has to be way more data driven.

-- 
 Kirill A. Shutemov