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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/7] mm: memcontrol: fix cpuhotplug statistics flushing
On Thu, Feb 04, 2021 at 02:29:57PM -0500, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 02, 2021 at 06:28:53PM -0800, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 02, 2021 at 03:07:47PM -0800, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> > > On Tue, Feb 02, 2021 at 01:47:40PM -0500, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> > > > The memcg hotunplug callback erroneously flushes counts on the local
> > > > CPU, not the counts of the CPU going away; those counts will be lost.
> > > >
> > > > Flush the CPU that is actually going away.
> > > >
> > > > Also simplify the code a bit by using mod_memcg_state() and
> > > > count_memcg_events() instead of open-coding the upward flush - this is
> > > > comparable to how vmstat.c handles hotunplug flushing.
> > >
> > > To the whole series: it's really nice to have an accurate stats at
> > > non-leaf levels. Just as an illustration: if there are 32 CPUs and
> > > 1000 sub-cgroups (which is an absolutely realistic number, because
> > > often there are many dying generations of each cgroup), the error
> > > margin is 3.9GB. It makes all numbers pretty much random and all
> > > possible tests extremely flaky.
> >
> > Btw, I was just looking into kmem kselftests failures/flakiness,
> > which is caused by exactly this problem: without waiting for the
> > finish of dying cgroups reclaim, we can't make any reliable assumptions
> > about what to expect from memcg stats.
>
> Good point about the selftests. I gave them a shot, and indeed this
> series makes test_kmem work again:
>
> vanilla:
> ok 1 test_kmem_basic
> memory.current = 8810496
> slab + anon + file + kernel_stack = 17074568
> slab = 6101384
> anon = 946176
> file = 0
> kernel_stack = 10027008
> not ok 2 test_kmem_memcg_deletion
> ok 3 test_kmem_proc_kpagecgroup
> ok 4 test_kmem_kernel_stacks
> ok 5 test_kmem_dead_cgroups
> ok 6 test_percpu_basic
>
> patched:
> ok 1 test_kmem_basic
> ok 2 test_kmem_memcg_deletion
> ok 3 test_kmem_proc_kpagecgroup
> ok 4 test_kmem_kernel_stacks
> ok 5 test_kmem_dead_cgroups
> ok 6 test_percpu_basic

Nice! Thanks for checking.

>
> It even passes with a reduced margin in the patched kernel, since the
> percpu drift - which this test already tried to account for - is now
> only on the page_counter side (whereas memory.stat is always precise).
>
> I'm going to include that data in the v2 changelog, as well as a patch
> to update test_kmem.c to the more stringent error tolerances.

Hm, I'm not sure it's a good idea to unconditionally lower the error tolerance:
it's convenient to be able to run the same test on older kernels.

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