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SubjectRe: [patch 1/7 -mm] oom: filter tasks not sharing the same cpuset
On Mon, 15 Feb 2010, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:

> > Tasks that do not share the same set of allowed nodes with the task that
> > triggered the oom should not be considered as candidates for oom kill.
> >
> > Tasks in other cpusets with a disjoint set of mems would be unfairly
> > penalized otherwise because of oom conditions elsewhere; an extreme
> > example could unfairly kill all other applications on the system if a
> > single task in a user's cpuset sets itself to OOM_DISABLE and then uses
> > more memory than allowed.
> >
> > Killing tasks outside of current's cpuset rarely would free memory for
> > current anyway.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
>
> This patch does right thing and looks promissing. but unfortunately
> I have to NAK this patch temporary.
>
> This patch is nearly just revert of the commit 7887a3da75. We have to
> dig archaeology mail log and find why this reverting don't cause
> the old pain again.
>

Nick is probably wondering why I cc'd him on this patchset, and this is it
:)

We now determine whether an allocation is constrained by a cpuset by
iterating through the zonelist and checking
cpuset_zone_allowed_softwall(). This checks for the necessary cpuset
restrictions that we need to validate (the GFP_ATOMIC exception is
irrelevant, we don't call into the oom killer for those). We don't need
to kill outside of its cpuset because we're not guaranteed to find any
memory on those nodes, in fact it allows for needless oom killing if a
task sets all of its threads to have OOM_DISABLE in its own cpuset and
then runs out of memory. The oom killer would have killed every other
user task on the system even though the offending application can't
allocate there. That's certainly an undesired result and needs to be
fixed in this manner.


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