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SubjectRe: [BUGFIX][PATCH 1/5] memcg use correct scan number at reclaim
On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:44:14 +0530
Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> * KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2009-03-12 13:05:56]:
>
> > On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:30:54 +0530
> > Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >
> > > * KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2009-03-12 12:51:24]:
> > >
> > > > On Thu, 12 Mar 2009 09:19:18 +0530
> > > > Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > * KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2009-03-12 09:55:16]:
> > > > >
> > > > > > Andrew, this [1/5] is a bug fix, others are not.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > ==
> > > > > > From: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Even when page reclaim is under mem_cgroup, # of scan page is determined by
> > > > > > status of global LRU. Fix that.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Signed-off-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com>
> > > > > > Signed-off-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
> > > > > > ---
> > > > > > mm/vmscan.c | 2 +-
> > > > > > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Index: mmotm-2.6.29-Mar10/mm/vmscan.c
> > > > > > ===================================================================
> > > > > > --- mmotm-2.6.29-Mar10.orig/mm/vmscan.c
> > > > > > +++ mmotm-2.6.29-Mar10/mm/vmscan.c
> > > > > > @@ -1470,7 +1470,7 @@ static void shrink_zone(int priority, st
> > > > > > int file = is_file_lru(l);
> > > > > > int scan;
> > > > > >
> > > > > > - scan = zone_page_state(zone, NR_LRU_BASE + l);
> > > > > > + scan = zone_nr_pages(zone, sc, l);
> > > > >
> > > > > I have the exact same patch in my patch queue. BTW, mem_cgroup_zone_nr_pages is
> > > > > buggy. We don't hold any sort of lock while extracting
> > > > > MEM_CGROUP_ZSTAT (ideally we need zone->lru_lock). Without that how do
> > > > > we guarantee that MEM_CGRUP_ZSTAT is not changing at the same time as
> > > > > we are reading it?
> > > > >
> > > > Is it big problem ? We don't need very precise value and ZSTAT just have
> > > > increment/decrement. So, I tend to ignore this small race.
> > > > (and it's unsigned long, not long long.)
> > > >
> > >
> > > The assumption is that unsigned long read is atomic even on 32 bit
> > > systems? What if we get pre-empted in the middle of reading the data
> > > and don't return back for long? The data can be highly in-accurate.
> > > No?
> > >
> > Hmm, preempt_disable() is appropriate ?
> >
> > But shrink_zone() itself works on the value which is read at this time and
> > dont' take care of changes in situation by preeemption...so it's not problem
> > of memcg.
> >
>
> You'll end up reclaiming based on old stale data. shrink_zone itself
> maintains atomic data for zones.
>
IIUC, # of pages to be scanned is just determined once, here.

Thanks,
-Kame



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