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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/8] memcg asynchronous memory reclaim interface
On Fri, 20 May 2011 12:46:36 +0900
KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:

> This patch adds a logic to keep usage margin to the limit in asynchronous way.
> When the usage over some threshould (determined automatically), asynchronous
> memory reclaim runs and shrink memory to limit - MEMCG_ASYNC_STOP_MARGIN.
>
> By this, there will be no difference in total amount of usage of cpu to
> scan the LRU

This is not true if "don't writepage at all (revisit this when
dirty_ratio comes.)" is true. Skipping over dirty pages can cause
larger amounts of CPU consumption.

> but we'll have a chance to make use of wait time of applications
> for freeing memory. For example, when an application read a file or socket,
> to fill the newly alloated memory, it needs wait. Async reclaim can make use
> of that time and give a chance to reduce latency by background works.
>
> This patch only includes required hooks to trigger async reclaim and user interfaces.
> Core logics will be in the following patches.
>
>
> ...
>
> /*
> + * For example, with transparent hugepages, memory reclaim scan at hitting
> + * limit can very long as to reclaim HPAGE_SIZE of memory. This increases
> + * latency of page fault and may cause fallback. At usual page allocation,
> + * we'll see some (shorter) latency, too. To reduce latency, it's appreciated
> + * to free memory in background to make margin to the limit. This consumes
> + * cpu but we'll have a chance to make use of wait time of applications
> + * (read disk etc..) by asynchronous reclaim.
> + *
> + * This async reclaim tries to reclaim HPAGE_SIZE * 2 of pages when margin
> + * to the limit is smaller than HPAGE_SIZE * 2. This will be enabled
> + * automatically when the limit is set and it's greater than the threshold.
> + */
> +#if HPAGE_SIZE != PAGE_SIZE
> +#define MEMCG_ASYNC_LIMIT_THRESH (HPAGE_SIZE * 64)
> +#define MEMCG_ASYNC_MARGIN (HPAGE_SIZE * 4)
> +#else /* make the margin as 4M bytes */
> +#define MEMCG_ASYNC_LIMIT_THRESH (128 * 1024 * 1024)
> +#define MEMCG_ASYNC_MARGIN (8 * 1024 * 1024)
> +#endif

Document them, please. How are they used, what are their units.

> +static void mem_cgroup_may_async_reclaim(struct mem_cgroup *mem);
> +
> +/*
> * The memory controller data structure. The memory controller controls both
> * page cache and RSS per cgroup. We would eventually like to provide
> * statistics based on the statistics developed by Rik Van Riel for clock-pro,
> @@ -278,6 +303,12 @@ struct mem_cgroup {
> */
> unsigned long move_charge_at_immigrate;
> /*
> + * Checks for async reclaim.
> + */
> + unsigned long async_flags;
> +#define AUTO_ASYNC_ENABLED (0)
> +#define USE_AUTO_ASYNC (1)

These are really confusing. I looked at the implementation and at the
documentation file and I'm still scratching my head. I can't work out
why they exist. With the amount of effort I put into it ;)

Also, AUTO_ASYNC_ENABLED and USE_AUTO_ASYNC have practically the same
meaning, which doesn't help things.

Some careful description at this place in the code might help clear
things up.

Perhaps s/USE_AUTO_ASYNC/AUTO_ASYNC_IN_USE/ is what you meant.

>
> ...
>
> +static void mem_cgroup_may_async_reclaim(struct mem_cgroup *mem)
> +{
> + if (!test_bit(USE_AUTO_ASYNC, &mem->async_flags))
> + return;
> + if (res_counter_margin(&mem->res) <= MEMCG_ASYNC_MARGIN) {
> + /* Fill here */
> + }
> +}

I'd expect a function called foo_may_bar() to return a bool.

But given the lack of documentation and no-op implementation, I have o
idea what's happening here!

>
> ...
>


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