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SubjectRe: [RFC] [PATCH -mm 0/2] memcg: per cgroup dirty_ratio
On Tue, 07 Oct 2008 17:49:49 +0200
Andrea Righi <righi.andrea@gmail.com> wrote:

> Balbir Singh wrote:
> > Michael Rubin wrote:
> >> On Fri, Sep 12, 2008 at 1:18 PM, Andrew Morton
> >> <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
> >>> One thing to think about please: Michael Rubin is hitting problems with
> >>> the existing /proc/sys/vm/dirty-ratio. Its present granularity of 1%
> >>> is just too coarse for really large machines, and as
> >>> memory-size/disk-speed ratios continue to increase, this will just get
> >>> worse.
> >> Re-sending since I top-posted before. Never again. Also adding more
> >> thoughts on a byte based interface.
> >>
> >> Currently the problem we are hitting is that we cannot specify pdflush
> >> to have background limits less than 1% of memory. I am currently
> >> finishing up a patch right now that adds a dirty_ratio_millis
> >> interface. I hope to submit the patch to LKML by the end of the week.
> >>
> >> The idea is that we don't want to break backwards compatibility and we
> >> also don't want to have two conflicting knobs in the sysctl or
> >> /proc/sys/vm/ space. I thought adding a new knob for those who want to
> >> specify finer grained functionality was a compromise. So the patch has
> >> a vm_dirty_ratio and a vm_dirty_ratio_millis interface. The first to
> >> specify 0-100% and the second to specify .0 to .999%.
> >>
> >> So to represent 0.125% of RAM we set
> >> vm_dirty_ratio = 0
> >> vm_dirty_ratio_millis = 125
> >>
> >> The same for the background_ratio.
> >>
> >> I would also prefer using a bytes interface but I am not sure how to
> >> offer that without either removing the legacy interface of the ratios
> >> or by offering a concurrent interface that might be confusing such as
> >> when users are looking at the old one and not aware of a new one.
> >>
> >
> > Just provide a vm_dirty_ration_in_bytes interface and keep it in sync with
> > vm_dirty_ratio (they are just two representations of the same internal value)
> > and for higher resolution propose that users use the bytes interface.
>
> Hi Balbir,
>
> now that I read carefully the documentation, the description in
> Documentation/filesystems/proc.txt seems to be a bit misleading. In
> proc.txt we say that dirty_ratio and dirty_background_ratio are "a
> percentage of total system memory", but in mm/page-writeback.c we apply
> the percentages to the dirtyable memory: free pages + reclaimable pages.
> So, first of all I think we should clarify this in the documentation...
>
> Saying that, keeping in sync the vm_dirty_amount_in_bytes according to
> dirty_ratio_in_percentage is not a trivial task. One is a static value,
> the other depends on the dirtyable memory in the system. If we want to
> preserve the same behaviour we should do the following:
>
> dirty_ratio = x => dirty_amount_in_bytes = x * dirtyable_memory / 100
>
> dirty_amount_in_bytes = y => dirty_ratio = y / dirtyable_memory * 100
>
> But anytime the dirtyable memory (or the total memory in the system)
> changes we should update both values accordingly to preserve the
> coherency between them (ouch!).
>
> Possible solutions:
>
> 1) introduce fine-grained dirty_ratio handling decimals by an opportune
> parser (disadvantage: this would break the compatibility with all the
> userspace apps that expect to read an int from vm_dirty_ratio)
>
> 2) introduce dirty_ratio + dirty_ratio_millis (disadvantage: can
> generate unexpected behaviours when something is written to
> dirty_ratio ignoring the existence of dirty_ratio_millis)
>
> 3) introduce dirty_ratio + dirty_amount_in_bytes mutually exclusive,
> writing to one automatically "disable" the other (disadvantage:
> writing to dirty_ratio ignoring dirty_amount_in_bytes can cause
> unexpected behaviours)
>
> 4) introduce dirty_ratio + dirty_amount_in_bytes and change the
> old behaviour: when something is written to dirty_ratio,
> dirty_amount_in_bytes is evaluated in function of totalram_pages (or
> the memcg limit) and then we always use this static value, instead of
> something that depends on the dirtyable memory - we can easily update
> dirty_amount_in_bytes also when totalram_pages or the memcg limit
> changes (disadvantage: change an old - working - behaviour).
>
> 5) handle fine-grained dirty_ratio decimals by an opportune parser when
> writing something to dirty_ratio; export the percentage units via
> dirty_ratio, and the decimals via dirty_ratio_decimals; writing to
> dirty_ratio_decimals is not allowed.
>
> I tend to choose 5. The same for dirty_background_ratio.
>

Hmm... I agree to "5"... like this ?
==
prvoides
- vm.dirty_ratio (1/100)
- vm.dirty_ratio_percentmille(1/100,000, pcm)

and allow
#echo 0.05 > vm/dirty_ratio
#cat vm/dirty_ratio
0
#cat vm/dirty_ratio_percentmille
500
==

Thanks,
-Kame



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