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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mmotm 1/5] memcg: disable irq at page cgroup lock
On Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:48:25 -0700, Greg Thelen <gthelen@google.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 7:40 PM, Daisuke Nishimura
> <nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp> wrote:
> > On Wed, 14 Apr 2010 13:14:07 -0700, Greg Thelen <gthelen@google.com> wrote:
> >> Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> writes:
> >>
> >> > On Tue, Apr 13, 2010 at 11:55:12PM -0700, Greg Thelen wrote:
> >> >> On Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 8:00 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
> >> >> > On Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:10:39 +0530
> >> >> > Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >> >> >
> >> >> >> * KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2010-03-19 10:23:32]:
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> > On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 21:58:55 +0530
> >> >> >> > Balbir Singh <balbir@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > > * KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> [2010-03-18 13:35:27]:
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > > > Then, no probelm. It's ok to add mem_cgroup_udpate_stat() indpendent from
> >> >> >> > > > mem_cgroup_update_file_mapped(). The look may be messy but it's not your
> >> >> >> > > > fault. But please write "why add new function" to patch description.
> >> >> >> > > >
> >> >> >> > > > I'm sorry for wasting your time.
> >> >> >> > >
> >> >> >> > > Do we need to go down this route? We could check the stat and do the
> >> >> >> > > correct thing. In case of FILE_MAPPED, always grab page_cgroup_lock
> >> >> >> > > and for others potentially look at trylock. It is OK for different
> >> >> >> > > stats to be protected via different locks.
> >> >> >> > >
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >> > I _don't_ want to see a mixture of spinlock and trylock in a function.
> >> >> >> >
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >> A well documented well written function can help. The other thing is to
> >> >> >> of-course solve this correctly by introducing different locking around
> >> >> >> the statistics. Are you suggesting the later?
> >> >> >>
> >> >> >
> >> >> > No. As I wrote.
> >> >> >        - don't modify codes around FILE_MAPPED in this series.
> >> >> >        - add a new functions for new statistics
> >> >> > Then,
> >> >> >        - think about clean up later, after we confirm all things work as expected.
> >> >>
> >> >> I have ported Andrea Righi's memcg dirty page accounting patches to latest
> >> >> mmtom-2010-04-05-16-09.  In doing so I have to address this locking issue.  Does
> >> >> the following look good?  I will (of course) submit the entire patch for review,
> >> >> but I wanted make sure I was aiming in the right direction.
> >> >>
> >> >> void mem_cgroup_update_page_stat(struct page *page,
> >> >>                    enum mem_cgroup_write_page_stat_item idx, bool charge)
> >> >> {
> >> >>    static int seq;
> >> >>    struct page_cgroup *pc;
> >> >>
> >> >>    if (mem_cgroup_disabled())
> >> >>            return;
> >> >>    pc = lookup_page_cgroup(page);
> >> >>    if (!pc || mem_cgroup_is_root(pc->mem_cgroup))
> >> >>            return;
> >> >>
> >> >>    /*
> >> >>     * This routine does not disable irq when updating stats.  So it is
> >> >>     * possible that a stat update from within interrupt routine, could
> >> >>     * deadlock.  Use trylock_page_cgroup() to avoid such deadlock.  This
> >> >>     * makes the memcg counters fuzzy.  More complicated, or lower
> >> >>     * performing locking solutions avoid this fuzziness, but are not
> >> >>     * currently needed.
> >> >>     */
> >> >>    if (irqs_disabled()) {
> >> >             ^^^^^^^^^
> >> > Or may be in_interrupt()?
> >>
> >> Good catch.  I will replace irqs_disabled() with in_interrupt().
> >>
> > I think you should check both. __remove_from_page_cache(), which will update
> > DIRTY, is called with irq disabled(iow, under mapping->tree_lock) but not in
> > interrupt context.
>
> The only reason to use trylock in this case is to prevent deadlock
> when running in a context that may have preempted or interrupted a
> routine that already holds the bit locked. In the
> __remove_from_page_cache() irqs are disabled, but that does not imply
> that a routine holding the spinlock has been preempted. When the bit
> is locked, preemption is disabled. The only way to interrupt a holder
> of the bit for an interrupt to occur (I/O, timer, etc). So I think
> that in_interrupt() is sufficient. Am I missing something?
>
IIUC, it's would be enough to prevent deadlock where one CPU tries to acquire
the same page cgroup lock. But there is still some possibility where 2 CPUs
can cause dead lock each other(please see the commit e767e056).
IOW, my point is "don't call lock_page_cgroup() under mapping->tree_lock".

Thanks,
Daisuke Nishimura.
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