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Subject[PATCH v3] mm/vmscan: add a fatal signals check in drop_slab_node
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From: Chunxin Zang <zangchunxin@bytedance.com>

On our server, there are about 10k memcg in one machine. They use memory
very frequently. We have observed that drop_caches can take a
considerable amount of time, and can't stop it.

There are two reasons:
1. There is somebody constantly generating more objects to reclaim
on drop_caches, result the 'freed' always bigger than 10.
2. The process has no chance to process signals.

We can get the following info through 'ps':

root:~# ps -aux | grep drop
root 357956 ... R Aug25 21119854:55 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 1771385 ... R Aug16 21146421:17 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 1986319 ... R 18:56 117:27 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 2002148 ... R Aug24 5720:39 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 2564666 ... R 18:59 113:58 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 2639347 ... R Sep03 2383:39 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 3904747 ... R 03:35 993:31 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
root 4016780 ... R Aug21 7882:18 echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches

Use bpftrace follow 'freed' value in drop_slab_node:

root:~# bpftrace -e 'kprobe:drop_slab_node+70 {@ret=hist(reg("bp")); }'
Attaching 1 probe...
^B^C

@ret:
[64, 128) 1 | |
[128, 256) 28 | |
[256, 512) 107 |@ |
[512, 1K) 298 |@@@ |
[1K, 2K) 613 |@@@@@@@ |
[2K, 4K) 4435 |@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@|
[4K, 8K) 442 |@@@@@ |
[8K, 16K) 299 |@@@ |
[16K, 32K) 100 |@ |
[32K, 64K) 139 |@ |
[64K, 128K) 56 | |
[128K, 256K) 26 | |
[256K, 512K) 2 | |

We need one path to stop the process.

Signed-off-by: Chunxin Zang <zangchunxin@bytedance.com>
Signed-off-by: Muchun Song <songmuchun@bytedance.com>
---

changelogs in v3:
1) update the description of the patch.
v2 named: mm/vmscan: fix infinite loop in drop_slab_node

changelogs in v2:
1) via check fatal signal break loop.

mm/vmscan.c | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
index b6d84326bdf2..6b2b5d420510 100644
--- a/mm/vmscan.c
+++ b/mm/vmscan.c
@@ -704,6 +704,9 @@ void drop_slab_node(int nid)
do {
struct mem_cgroup *memcg = NULL;

+ if (signal_pending(current))
+ return;
+
freed = 0;
memcg = mem_cgroup_iter(NULL, NULL, NULL);
do {
--
2.11.0
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