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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH -mm 0/5] cgroup: block device i/o controller (v9)
On Wed, Sep 17, 2008 at 10:47:54AM +0200, Andrea Righi wrote:
> Hirokazu Takahashi wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> >> TODO:
> >>
> >> * Try to push down the throttling and implement it directly in the I/O
> >> schedulers, using bio-cgroup (http://people.valinux.co.jp/~ryov/bio-cgroup/)
> >> to keep track of the right cgroup context. This approach could lead to more
> >> memory consumption and increases the number of dirty pages (hard/slow to
> >> reclaim pages) in the system, since dirty-page ratio in memory is not
> >> limited. This could even lead to potential OOM conditions, but these problems
> >> can be resolved directly into the memory cgroup subsystem
> >>
> >> * Handle I/O generated by kswapd: at the moment there's no control on the I/O
> >> generated by kswapd; try to use the page_cgroup functionality of the memory
> >> cgroup controller to track this kind of I/O and charge the right cgroup when
> >> pages are swapped in/out
> >
> > FYI, this also can be done with bio-cgroup, which determine the owner cgroup
> > of a given anonymous page.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Hirokazu Takahashi
>
> That would be great! FYI here is how I would like to proceed:
>
> - today I'll post a new version of my cgroup-io-throttle patch rebased
> to 2.6.27-rc5-mm1 (it's well tested and seems to be stable enough).
> To keep the things light and simpler I've implemented custom
> get_cgroup_from_page() / put_cgroup_from_page() in the memory
> controller to retrieve the owner of a page, holding a reference to the
> corresponding memcg, during async writes in submit_bio(); this is not
> probably the best way to proceed, and a more generic framework like
> bio-cgroup sounds better, but it seems to work quite well. The only
> problem I've found is that during swap_writepage() the page is not
> assigned to any page_cgroup (page_get_page_cgroup() returns NULL), and
> so I'm not able to charge the cost of this I/O operation to the right
> cgroup. Does bio-cgroup address or even resolve this issue?
> - begin to implement a new branch of cgroup-io-throttle on top of
> bio-cgroup
> - also start to implement an additional request queue to provide first a
> control at the cgroup level and a dispatcher to pass the request to
> the elevator (as suggested by Vivek)
>

Hi Andrea,

So if we maintain and rb-tree per request queue and implement the cgroup
rules there, then that will take care of io-throttling also. (One can
control the release of bio/requests to elevator based on any kind of
rules. proportional weight/max-bandwidth).

If that's the case, I was wondering what do you mean by "begin to
implement new branch of cgroup-io-throttle" on top of bio-cgroup".

Thanks
Vivek


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