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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mmotm 1/5] memcg: disable irq at page cgroup lock
On Thu, 18 Mar 2010 08:54:11 +0900
KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <> wrote:

> On Wed, 17 Mar 2010 17:28:55 +0530
> Balbir Singh <> wrote:
> > * Andrea Righi <> [2010-03-15 00:26:38]:
> >
> > > From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
> > >
> > > Now, file-mapped is maintaiend. But more generic update function
> > > will be needed for dirty page accounting.
> > >
> > > For accountig page status, we have to guarantee lock_page_cgroup()
> > > will be never called under tree_lock held.
> > > To guarantee that, we use trylock at updating status.
> > > By this, we do fuzzy accounting, but in almost all case, it's correct.
> > >
> >
> > I don't like this at all, but in almost all cases is not acceptable
> > for statistics, since decisions will be made on them and having them
> > incorrect is really bad. Could we do a form of deferred statistics and
> > fix this.
> >
> plz show your implementation which has no performance regresssion.
> For me, I don't neee file_mapped accounting, at all. If we can remove that,
> we can add simple migration lock.
> file_mapped is a feattue you added. please improve it.

BTW, I should explain how acculate this accounting is in this patch itself.

Now, lock_page_cgroup/unlock_page_cgroup happens when
- charge/uncharge/migrate/move accounting

Then, the lock contention (trylock failure) seems to occur in conflict
- charge, uncharge, migarate. move accounting

About dirty accounting, charge/uncharge/migarate are operation in synchronous
manner with radix-tree (holding treelock etc). Then no account leak.
move accounting is only source for inacculacy...but I don't think this move-task
is ciritial....moreover, we don't move any file pages at task-move, now.
(But Nishimura-san has a plan to do so.)
So, contention will happen only at confliction with force_empty.

About FILE_MAPPED accounting, it's not synchronous with radix-tree operaton.
Then, accounting-miss seems to happen when charge/uncharge/migrate/account move.
charge .... we don't account a page as FILE_MAPPED before it's charged.
uncharge .. usual operation in turncation is unmap->remove-from-radix-tree.
Then, it's sequential in almost all case. The race exists when...
Assume there are 2 threads A and B. A truncate a file, B map/unmap that.
This is very unusal confliction.
migrate.... we do try_to_unmap before migrating pages. Then, FILE_MAPPED
is properly handled.
move account .... we don't have move-account-mapped-file, yet.

Then, this trylock contention happens at contention with force_empty and truncate.

Then, main issue for contention is force_empty. But it's called for removing memcg,
accounting for such memcg is not important.
Then, I say "this accounting is Okay."

To do more accurate, we may need another "migration lock". But to get better
performance for root cgroup, we have to call mem_cgroup_is_root() before
taking lock and there will be another complicated race.


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