Sep 20 – 24, 2021
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Writing a fine-grained access pattern oriented lightweight kernel module using DAMON/DAMOS in 10 minutes

Sep 23, 2021, 8:00 AM
Kernel Summit/Virtual-Room (LPC Virtual)

Kernel Summit/Virtual-Room

LPC Virtual

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SeongJae Park



DAMON[1] is a framework for general data access monitoring of kernel
subsystems. It provides best-effort high quality monitoring results while
incurring only minimal and upper-bounded overhead, due to its practical
overhead-accuracy tradeoff mechanism. On a production machine utilizing 70 GB
memory, it can repeatedly scan accesses to the whole memory for every 5ms,
while consuming only 1% single CPU time.

On top of it, a data access pattern-oriented memory management engine called
DAMON-based Operation Schemes (DAMOS) is implemented. It allows clients to
implement their access pattern oriented memory management logic with very
simple scheme descriptions. We implemented fine-grained access-aware THP and
proactive reclamation using this engine in three lines of scheme and achieved
remarkable improvements[2].

As of this writing (2021-05-28), the code is not in the mainline but available
at its development tree[3], and regularly posted to LKML as patchsets[4,5,6].
Nevertheless, the code has already merged in the public Amazon Linux kernel
trees[7,8], and all Amazon Linux users can use DAMON/DAMOS off the box. We are
also supporting the two latest upstream LTS stable kernels[9,10].


In this talk, I will briefly introduce DAMON/DAMOS and present how you can
write a fine-grained data access pattern oriented lightweight kernel module on
top of DAMON/DAMOS. With the talk, I will write an example module and evaluate
its performance on live. A data access-aware proactive reclamation kernel
module for production use will also introduced as a use case. After that, I
will discuss my future plans for improving DAMON and improving other kernel
subsystems using DAMON/DAMOS.

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SeongJae Park

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