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SubjectRe: [RFC v2] mm: introduce page pin owner
On 14.01.22 17:39, Minchan Kim wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 14, 2022 at 02:31:43PM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>> On 12.01.22 21:41, Minchan Kim wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jan 12, 2022 at 06:42:21PM +0100, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>>>>> What about something like:
>>>>>> "mm: selective tracing of page reference holders on unref"
>>>>>> $whatever feature/user can then set the bit, for example, when migration
>>>>>> fails.
>>>>> I couldn't imagine put_page tracking is generally useful except
>>>>> migration failure. Do you have reasonable usecase in your mind
>>>>> to make the feature general to be used?
>>>> HWpoison etc. purposes maybe? Trace who still held a reference a page
>>>> that was poisoned and couldn't be removed? Or in general, tracking
>>> I am not familiar with hwpoison so here dumb question goes:
>>> Is that different one with __soft_offline_page?
>>> It uses migrate_pages so current interface supports it with filter.
>> __soft_offline_page() won't kill the target and try to migrate because
>> the pages are about to be damaged and we can still access them.
>> ordinary memory errors mean we kill the target because we cannot access
>> the page anymore without triggering MCEs (or worse IIUC) again.
>> So in my thinking, after memory_failure(), it could eventually be
>> helpful to figure out who still has a (temporary) reference to such a
>> broken page, even after killing the process. But that's just one idea I
>> quickly came up with.
> Thanks for the clarification. Is the trace best fit in the case?
> Presumably you know the broken page, can't you find who owns the page
> using /proc/pid/pagemap?
> Furthermore, page_get/put operations commonly could happen in
> different contexts regardless of page's owner so the trace from
> different context is still helpful?
> If it's helpful, could you tell what you want to make the interface to
> set the bit of broken page? For example, as-is case for page migration,
> report_page_pinners is called to mark failed page at unmap_and_move.
> Do you want to add something similar(maybe, set_page_ref_track under
> rename) in memory-failure.c?
> It would be very helpful to design the feature's interface(surely,
> naming as well) and write description to convince others "yeah,
> sounds like so useful for the case and that's best fit than other way".

I currently don't have time to explore this further, it was just a
random thought how else this might be useful.

>>> echo "memory_failure" > $trace_dir/events/page_pin_owner/report_page_pinners/filter
>>>> references to something that should have a refcount of 0 because it
>>>> should have been freed, but for some reason there are still references
>>>> around?
>>> Sounds like you are talking about memory leak? What's the purpose
>>> with trace, not using other existing tool to find memory leak?
>> IIRC, kmemleak can find objects that are no longer referenced, and we
>> cannot track buddy allocations, but only kmalloc and friends.
> PageOwner is your good buddy.

Page owner tracks who owns a page but not who else holds a reference
(some buffer, gup, whatsoever), right?

>>>>> Otherwise, I'd like to have feature naming more higher level
>>>>> to represent page migration failure and then tracking unref of
>>>>> the page. In the sense, PagePinOwner John suggested was good
>>>>> candidate(Even, my original naming PagePinner was worse) since
>>>> Personally, I dislike both variants.
>>>>> I was trouble to abstract the feature with short word.
>>>>> If we approach "what feature is doing" rather than "what's
>>>>> the feature's goal"(I feel the your suggestion would be close
>>>>> to what feature is doing), I'd like to express "unreference on
>>>>> migraiton failed page" so PAGE_EXT_UNMIGRATED_UNREF
>>>>> (However, I prefer the feature naming more "what we want to achieve")
>>>> E.g., PAGE_EXT_TRACE_UNREF will trace unref to the page once the bit is
>>>> set. The functionality itself is completely independent of migration
>>>> failures. That's just the code that sets it to enable the underlying
>>>> tracing for that specific page.
>>> I agree that make something general is great but I also want to avoid
>>> create something too big from the beginning with just imagination.
>>> So, I'd like to hear more concrete and appealing usecases and then
>>> we could think over this trace approach is really the best one to
>>> achieve the goal. Once it's agreed, the naming you suggested would
>>> make sense.
>> At least for me it's a lot cleaner if a feature clearly expresses what
>> it actually does. Staring at PAGE_EXT_PIN_OWNER I initially had no clue.
>> I was assuming we would actually track (not trace!) all active FOLL_PIN
>> (not unref callers!). Maybe that makes it clearer why I'd prefer a
>> clearer name.
> I totally agree PagePinOwner is not 100% straightforward. I'm open for
> other better name. Currently we are discussing how we could generalize
> and whether it's useful or not. Depending on the discussion, the design/
> interface as well as naming could be changed. No problem.

PagePinOwner is just highly misleading. Because that's not what the
feature does. Having that said, i hope we'll get other opinions as well.

>>>> Makes sense, I was expecting the output to be large, but possible it's
>>>> going to be way too large.
>>>> Would it also make sense to track for a flagged page new taken
>>>> references, such that you can differentiate between new (e.g.,
>>>> temporary) ones and previous ones? Feels like a reasonable addition.
>>> I actually tried it and it showed 2x times bigger output.
>> Is 2x that bad? Or would it be worth making it configurable?
> For my goal, 2x was bad because I need to minimize the trace buffer.
> Furthermore, the new get operation was not helpful but just noisy.
> If some usecase is not enough with only put callsite, we add get
> easily. Implementation is not hard. The matter is how it's useful
> in real practice since we would expose the interface to the user,
> I guess.

Right. but it's a debugging feature after all, so I asume we care little
about KABI. We can always add it on top, I agree.

>>> For me to debug CMA alloation failure, the new get_page callstack
>>> after migration failure were waste since they repeated from lru
>>> adding, isolate from the LRU something. Rather than get callsite,
>>> I needed only put call sites since I could deduce where the pair-get
>>> came from.
>> Could maybe some filters help that exclude such LRU activity?
> For my case, the filter wouldn't be helpful because I shouldn't
> miss the LRU activity since sometime they makes the allocation
> failure. Thus, I could deduce the lru's get site from put callback.
> get callsite is not helpful for my case but just wasted memory
> and perf.

Makes sense.


David / dhildenb

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