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SubjectRe: [PATCH] memcg: fix mapcount check in move charge code for anonymous page
On Tue,  6 Mar 2012 18:31:07 -0500
Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@ah.jp.nec.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 12:55:42PM -0800, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> > On Mon, 5 Mar 2012, Daisuke Nishimura wrote:
> > > Hi, Horiguchi-san.
> > > On Fri, 2 Mar 2012 15:35:08 -0500
> > > Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@ah.jp.nec.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > Currently charge on shared anonyous pages is supposed not to moved
> > > > in task migration. To implement this, we need to check that mapcount > 1,
> > > > instread of > 2. So this patch fixes it.
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: Naoya Horiguchi <n-horiguchi@ah.jp.nec.com>
> > > > ---
> > > > mm/memcontrol.c | 2 +-
> > > > 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> > > >
> > > > diff --git linux-next-20120228.orig/mm/memcontrol.c linux-next-20120228/mm/memcontrol.c
> > > > index b6d1bab..785f6d3 100644
> > > > --- linux-next-20120228.orig/mm/memcontrol.c
> > > > +++ linux-next-20120228/mm/memcontrol.c
> > > > @@ -5102,7 +5102,7 @@ static struct page *mc_handle_present_pte(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
> > > > return NULL;
> > > > if (PageAnon(page)) {
> > > > /* we don't move shared anon */
> > > > - if (!move_anon() || page_mapcount(page) > 2)
> > > > + if (!move_anon() || page_mapcount(page) > 1)
> > > > return NULL;
> > > > } else if (!move_file())
> > > > /* we ignore mapcount for file pages */
> > > > --
> > > > 1.7.7.6
> > > >
> > > Sorry, it's my fault..
> > > Thank you for catching this.
> > >
> > > Reviewed-by: Daisuke Nishimura <nishimura@mxp.nes.nec.co.jp>
> >
> > I'm perversely sorry to see this fix already wing its way into 3.3-rc,
> > but never mind.
> >
> > I was puzzling over that same "> 2" test when thinking through the
> > stats move locking, and again when swap accounting appeared to be
> > broken through and through (now fixed by two-liner in page_cgroup.c).
> >
> > Why is there any test on page_mapcount(page) there at all?
> > 2.6.34 comments it
> > * TODO: We don't move charges of shared(used by multiple
> > * processes) pages for now.
> > as if it's an unwelcome restriction to be eliminated later.
>
> I see.
> This comment implies this restiction is a temporary one.
>

We don't dicided a policy.



> > I don't understand why it was ever there, and would like to remove
> > it (and update the Documentation file) - just to remove a little
> > unnecessary complication, including mem_cgroup_count_swap_user().
> >
> > The file case moves account, even when the page is not mapped into
> > this address space, even when it's mapped into a thousand others.
> >
> > Why treat the anonymous so differently here?
>
> I'm not sure the reason, but current behavior is obviously confusing
> (at least for me.) We need to fix it in clearer manner.
>
> IMO, ideally the charge of shared (both file and anon) pages should
> be accounted for all cgroups to which the processes mapping the pages
> belong to, where each charge is weighted by inverse number of mapcount.

One of problems is that shared file between memcg cannot be reclaimed.
Assume independent memcgs A and B. And file X is shared between A and B but linked to
B's LRU. Now, it's accounted to B.

If we do accounting both to A and B, we cannot reclaim it. And overhead of
memcg will be very huge.

I think it may be a way to add memcg atrribute per inode by fadvise() or some
or system config.

Thanks,
-Kame



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