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SubjectRe: Help Resource Counters Scale better (v4)
* Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> [2009-08-11 16:31:59]:

> On Tue, 11 Aug 2009 20:14:05 +0530
> Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > Enhancement: Remove the overhead of root based resource counter accounting
> >
> > From: Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> >
> > This patch reduces the resource counter overhead (mostly spinlock)
> > associated with the root cgroup. This is a part of the several
> > patches to reduce mem cgroup overhead. I had posted other
> > approaches earlier (including using percpu counters). Those
> > patches will be a natural addition and will be added iteratively
> > on top of these.
> >
> > The patch stops resource counter accounting for the root cgroup.
> > The data for display is derived from the statisitcs we maintain
> > via mem_cgroup_charge_statistics (which is more scalable).
> >
> > The tests results I see on a 24 way show that
> >
> > 1. The lock contention disappears from /proc/lock_stats
> > 2. The results of the test are comparable to running with
> > cgroup_disable=memory.
> >
> > Please test/review.
>
> I don't get it.
>
> The patch apepars to skip accounting altogether for the root memcgroup
> and then adds some accounting back in for swap. Or something like
> that. How come? Do we actually not need the root memcgroup
> accounting?
>

The changelog mentions that the statistics are derived. For memsw as
Daisuke-San mentioned, the SWAP accounting is for memsw. We can derive
memory.usage_in_bytes from RSS+Cache fields in the memory.stat
accounting. For memsw, we needed SWAP accounting.


> IOW, the changelog sucks ;)
>
> Is this an alternative approach to using percpu_counters, or do we do
> both or do we choose one or the other? res_counter_charge() really is
> quite sucky.
>
> The patch didn't have a signoff.
>
> It would be nice to finalise those performance testing results and
> include them in the new, improved patch description.
>

I'll submit a new patch with better changelog, checkpatch.pl fixes and
test results.


--
Balbir


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