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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm/page_alloc: Wait for oom_lock before retrying.
On Sun 16-07-17 19:59:51, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> Since the whole memory reclaim path has never been designed to handle the
> scheduling priority inversions, those locations which are assuming that
> execution of some code path shall eventually complete without using
> synchronization mechanisms can get stuck (livelock) due to scheduling
> priority inversions, for CPU time is not guaranteed to be yielded to some
> thread doing such code path.
> mutex_trylock() in __alloc_pages_may_oom() (waiting for oom_lock) and
> schedule_timeout_killable(1) in out_of_memory() (already held oom_lock) is
> one of such locations, and it was demonstrated using artificial stressing
> that the system gets stuck effectively forever because SCHED_IDLE priority
> thread is unable to resume execution at schedule_timeout_killable(1) if
> a lot of !SCHED_IDLE priority threads are wasting CPU time [1].

I do not understand this. All the contending tasks will go and sleep for
1s. How can they preempt the lock holder?
Michal Hocko

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