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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] mm: memcontrol: delayed force empty
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On 1/3/19 2:12 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Thu 03-01-19 04:05:30, Yang Shi wrote:
>> Currently, force empty reclaims memory synchronously when writing to
>> memory.force_empty. It may take some time to return and the afterwards
>> operations are blocked by it. Although it can be interrupted by signal,
>> it still seems suboptimal.
> Why it is suboptimal? We are doing that operation on behalf of the
> process requesting it. What should anybody else pay for it? In other
> words why should we hide the overhead?

Please see the below explanation.

>
>> Now css offline is handled by worker, and the typical usecase of force
>> empty is before memcg offline. So, handling force empty in css offline
>> sounds reasonable.
> Hmm, so I guess you are talking about
> echo 1 > $MEMCG/force_empty
> rmdir $MEMCG
>
> and you are complaining that the operation takes too long. Right? Why do
> you care actually?

We have some usecases which create and remove memcgs very frequently,
and the tasks in the memcg may just access the files which are unlikely
accessed by anyone else. So, we prefer force_empty the memcg before
rmdir'ing it to reclaim the page cache so that they don't get
accumulated to incur unnecessary memory pressure. Since the memory
pressure may incur direct reclaim to harm some latency sensitive
applications.

And, the create/remove might be run in a script sequentially (there
might be a lot scripts or applications are run in parallel to do this), i.e.
mkdir cg1
do something
echo 0 > cg1/memory.force_empty
rmdir cg1

mkdir cg2
...

The creation of the afterwards memcg might be blocked by the force_empty
for long time if there are a lot page caches, so the overall throughput
of the system may get hurt.
And, it is not that urgent to reclaim the page cache right away and it
is not that important who pays the cost, we just need a mechanism to
reclaim the pages soon in a short while. The overhead could be smoothed
by background workqueue.

And, the patch still keeps the old behavior, just in case someone else
still depends on it.

Thanks,
Yang


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