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SubjectRe: [External] Re: [PATCH] mm/memcontrol: Add the drop_cache interface for cgroup v2
Chunxin Zang writes:
>On Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 5:51 PM Chris Down <> wrote:
>> Chunxin Zang writes:
>> >My usecase is that there are two types of services in one server. They
>> >have difference
>> >priorities. Type_A has the highest priority, we need to ensure it's
>> >schedule latency、I/O
>> >latency、memory enough. Type_B has the lowest priority, we expect it
>> >will not affect
>> >Type_A when executed.
>> >So Type_A could use memory without any limit. Type_B could use memory
>> >only when the
>> >memory is absolutely sufficient. But we cannot estimate how much
>> >memory Type_B should
>> >use. Because everything is dynamic. So we can't set Type_B's memory.high.
>> >
>> >So we want to release the memory of Type_B when global memory is
>> >insufficient in order
>> >to ensure the quality of service of Type_A . In the past, we used the
>> >'force_empty' interface
>> >of cgroup v1.
>> This sounds like a perfect use case for memory.low on Type_A, and it's pretty
>> much exactly what we invented it for. What's the problem with that?
>But we cannot estimate how much memory Type_A uses at least.

memory.low allows ballparking, you don't have to know exactly how much it uses.
Any amount of protection biases reclaim away from that cgroup.

>For example:
>total memory: 100G
>At the beginning, Type_A was in an idle state, and it only used 10G of memory.
>The load is very low. We want to run Type_B to avoid wasting machine resources.
>When Type_B runs for a while, it used 80G of memory.
>At this time Type_A is busy, it needs more memory.

Ok, so set memory.low for Type_A close to your maximum expected value.

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