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SubjectRe: [patch 4/8] memcg: rework soft limit reclaim
On Wed 15-06-11 15:57:59, Ying Han wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 12:36 AM, Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz> wrote:
> > On Thu 09-06-11 17:00:26, Michal Hocko wrote:
> >> On Thu 02-06-11 22:25:29, Ying Han wrote:
> >> > On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 2:55 PM, Ying Han <yinghan@google.com> wrote:
> >> > > On Tue, May 31, 2011 at 11:25 PM, Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> wrote:
> >> > >> Currently, soft limit reclaim is entered from kswapd, where it selects
> >> [...]
> >> > >> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > >> index c7d4b44..0163840 100644
> >> > >> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > >> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > >> @@ -1988,9 +1988,13 @@ static void shrink_zone(int priority, struct zone *zone,
> >> > >>                unsigned long reclaimed = sc->nr_reclaimed;
> >> > >>                unsigned long scanned = sc->nr_scanned;
> >> > >>                unsigned long nr_reclaimed;
> >> > >> +               int epriority = priority;
> >> > >> +
> >> > >> +               if (mem_cgroup_soft_limit_exceeded(root, mem))
> >> > >> +                       epriority -= 1;
> >> > >
> >> > > Here we grant the ability to shrink from all the memcgs, but only
> >> > > higher the priority for those exceed the soft_limit. That is a design
> >> > > change
> >> > > for the "soft_limit" which giving a hint to which memcgs to reclaim
> >> > > from first under global memory pressure.
> >> >
> >> >
> >> > Basically, we shouldn't reclaim from a memcg under its soft_limit
> >> > unless we have trouble reclaim pages from others.
> >>
> >> Agreed.
> >>
> >> > Something like the following makes better sense:
> >> >
> >> > diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > index bdc2fd3..b82ba8c 100644
> >> > --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> >> > @@ -1989,6 +1989,8 @@ restart:
> >> >         throttle_vm_writeout(sc->gfp_mask);
> >> >  }
> >> >
> >> > +#define MEMCG_SOFTLIMIT_RECLAIM_PRIORITY       2
> >> > +
> >> >  static void shrink_zone(int priority, struct zone *zone,
> >> >                                 struct scan_control *sc)
> >> >  {
> >> > @@ -2001,13 +2003,13 @@ static void shrink_zone(int priority, struct zone *zone,
> >> >                 unsigned long reclaimed = sc->nr_reclaimed;
> >> >                 unsigned long scanned = sc->nr_scanned;
> >> >                 unsigned long nr_reclaimed;
> >> > -               int epriority = priority;
> >> >
> >> > -               if (mem_cgroup_soft_limit_exceeded(root, mem))
> >> > -                       epriority -= 1;
> >> > +               if (!mem_cgroup_soft_limit_exceeded(root, mem) &&
> >> > +                               priority > MEMCG_SOFTLIMIT_RECLAIM_PRIORITY)
> >> > +                       continue;
> >>
> >> yes, this makes sense but I am not sure about the right(tm) value of the
> >> MEMCG_SOFTLIMIT_RECLAIM_PRIORITY. 2 sounds too low.
> >
> > There is also another problem. I have just realized that this code path
> > is shared with the cgroup direct reclaim. We shouldn't care about soft
> > limit in such a situation. It would be just a wasting of cycles. So we
> > have to:
> >
> > if (current_is_kswapd() &&
> >        !mem_cgroup_soft_limit_exceeded(root, mem) &&
> >        priority > MEMCG_SOFTLIMIT_RECLAIM_PRIORITY)
> >        continue;
>
> Agreed.
>
> >
> > Maybe the condition would have to be more complex for per-cgroup
> > background reclaim, though.
>
> That would be the same logic for per-memcg direct reclaim. In general,
> we don't consider soft_limit
> unless the global memory pressure. So the condition could be something like:
>
> > if ( global_reclaim(sc) &&
> >        !mem_cgroup_soft_limit_exceeded(root, mem) &&
> >        priority > MEMCG_SOFTLIMIT_RECLAIM_PRIORITY)
> >        continue;
>
> make sense?

Yes seems to be more consistent.

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Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs
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