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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH 0/6] Provide cgroup isolation for buffered writes.
On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
<kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
> On Tue,  8 Mar 2011 13:20:50 -0800
> Justin TerAvest <teravest@google.com> wrote:
>
>> This patchset adds tracking to the page_cgroup structure for which cgroup has
>> dirtied a page, and uses that information to provide isolation between
>> cgroups performing writeback.
>>
>> I know that there is some discussion to remove request descriptor limits
>> entirely, but I included a patch to introduce per-cgroup limits to enable
>> this functionality. Without it, we didn't see much isolation improvement.
>>
>> I think most of this material has been discussed on lkml previously, this is
>> just another attempt to make a patchset that handles buffered writes for CFQ.
>>
>> There was a lot of previous discussion at:
>>   http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1007922
>>
>> Thanks to Andrea Righi, Kamezawa Hiroyuki, Munehiro Ikeda, Nauman Rafique,
>> and Vivek Goyal for work on previous versions of these patches.
>>
>
> 2 points from me.
>
> 1. If you know there is a thread, please join even if it's a bit little thread.
> 2. In these days, I got many comments as 'page_cgroup is toooo big', so
>   I don't feel fun when I see a patch which increases size of page_cgroup.
>
> I don't like to increase size of page_cgroup but I think you can record
> information without increasing size of page_cgroup.
>
> A) As Andrea did, encode it to pc->flags.
>   But I'm afraid that there is a racy case because memory cgroup uses some
>   test_and_set() bits.
> B) I wonder why the information cannot be recorded in page->private.
>   When page has buffers, you can record the information to buffer struct.
>   About swapio (if you take care of), you can record information to bio.

Hi Kame,

I'm concerned that by using something like buffer_heads stored in
page->private, we will only be supported on some filesystems and not
others. In addition, I'm not sure if all filesystems attach buffer
heads at the same time; if page->private is modified in the flusher
thread, we might not be able to determine the thread that dirtied the
page in the first place.

For now, I think I will encode the data to pc->flags. Let me know if I
misunderstood your suggestion.

Thanks,
Justin

>
> Anyway, thank you for the work. And please join the discussion and explain
> "Without it, we didn't see much isolation improvement." with real data.
>
> Regards,
> -Kame
>
>
>
>>
>>  Documentation/block/biodoc.txt |   10 +
>>  block/blk-cgroup.c             |  204 +++++++++++++++++++++-
>>  block/blk-cgroup.h             |    9 +-
>>  block/blk-core.c               |  216 +++++++++++++++--------
>>  block/blk-settings.c           |    2 +-
>>  block/blk-sysfs.c              |   60 ++++---
>>  block/cfq-iosched.c            |  390 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---------
>>  block/cfq.h                    |    6 +-
>>  block/elevator.c               |   11 +-
>>  fs/buffer.c                    |    2 +
>>  fs/direct-io.c                 |    2 +
>>  include/linux/blk_types.h      |    2 +
>>  include/linux/blkdev.h         |   81 ++++++++-
>>  include/linux/blkio-track.h    |   89 +++++++++
>>  include/linux/elevator.h       |   14 ++-
>>  include/linux/iocontext.h      |    1 +
>>  include/linux/memcontrol.h     |    6 +
>>  include/linux/mmzone.h         |    4 +-
>>  include/linux/page_cgroup.h    |   12 +-
>>  init/Kconfig                   |   16 ++
>>  mm/Makefile                    |    3 +-
>>  mm/bounce.c                    |    2 +
>>  mm/filemap.c                   |    2 +
>>  mm/memcontrol.c                |    6 +
>>  mm/memory.c                    |    6 +
>>  mm/page-writeback.c            |   14 ++-
>>  mm/page_cgroup.c               |   29 ++-
>>  mm/swap_state.c                |    2 +
>>  28 files changed, 985 insertions(+), 216 deletions(-)
>>
>> [PATCH 1/6] Add IO cgroup tracking for buffered writes.
>> [PATCH 2/6] Make async queues per cgroup.
>> [PATCH 3/6] Modify CFQ to use IO tracking information.
>> [PATCH 4/6] With per-cgroup async, don't special case queues.
>> [PATCH 5/6] Add stat for per cgroup writeout done by flusher.
>> [PATCH 6/6] Per cgroup request descriptor counts
>>
>
>
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