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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/5] Memory controller soft limit introduction (v3)
KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Fri, 27 Jun 2008 20:48:08 +0530
> Balbir Singh <> wrote:
>> This patchset implements the basic changes required to implement soft limits
>> in the memory controller. A soft limit is a variation of the currently
>> supported hard limit feature. A memory cgroup can exceed it's soft limit
>> provided there is no contention for memory.
>> These patches were tested on a x86_64 box, by running a programs in parallel,
>> and checking their behaviour for various soft limit values.
>> These patches were developed on top of 2.6.26-rc5-mm3. Comments, suggestions,
>> criticism are all welcome!
>> A previous version of the patch can be found at
> I have a couple of comments.
> 1. Why you add soft_limit to res_coutner ?
> Is there any other controller which uses soft-limit ?
> I'll move watermark handling to memcg from res_counter becasue it's
> required only by memcg.

I expect soft_limits to be controller independent. The same thing can be applied
to an io-controller for example, right?

> 2. *please* handle NUMA
> There is a fundamental difference between global VMM and memcg.
> global VMM - reclaim memory at memory shortage.
> memcg - for reclaim memory at memory limit
> Then, memcg wasn't required to handle place-of-memory at hitting limit.
> *just reducing the usage* was enough.
> In this set, you try to handle memory shortage handling.
> So, please handle NUMA, i.e. "what node do you want to reclaim memory from ?"
> If not,
> - memory placement of Apps can be terrible.
> - cannot work well with cpuset. (I think)

try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages() handles NUMA right? We start with the
node_zonelists of the current node on which we are executing. I can pass on the
zonelist from __alloc_pages_internal() to try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages(). Is
there anything else you had in mind?

> 3. I think when "mem_cgroup_reclaim_on_contention" exits is unclear.
> plz add explanation of algorithm. It returns when some pages are reclaimed ?

Sure, I will do that.

> 4. When swap-full cgroup is on the top of heap, which tends to contain
> tons of memory, much amount of cpu-time will be wasted.
> Can we add "ignore me" flag ?

Could you elaborate on swap-full cgroup please? Are you referring to changes
introduced by the memcg-handle-swap-cache patch? I don't mind adding a ignore me
flag, but I guess we need to figure out when a cgroup is swap full.

> Maybe "2" is the most important to implement this.
> I think this feature itself is interesting, so please handle NUMA.

Thanks, I'll definitely fix what ever is needed to make the functionality more
correct and useful.

> "4" includes the user's (middleware's) memcg handling problem. But maybe
> a problem should be fixed in future.

Thanks for the review!

Warm Regards,
Balbir Singh
Linux Technology Center

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