Re: [PATCH] slab: Fix kmem_cache_destroy() on NUMA

From: Or Gerlitz
Date: Tue May 16 2006 - 07:56:33 EST

Roland Dreier wrote:
With CONFIG_NUMA set, kmem_cache_destroy() may fail and say "Can't
free all objects." The problem is caused by sequences such as the
following (suppose we are on a NUMA machine with two nodes, 0 and 1):

* Allocate an object from cache on node 0.
* Free the object on node 1. The object is put into node 1's alien
array_cache for node 0.
* Call kmem_cache_destroy(), which ultimately ends up in __cache_shrink().
* __cache_shrink() does drain_cpu_caches(), which loops through all nodes.
For each node it drains the shared array_cache and then handles the
alien array_cache for the other node.

However this means that node 0's shared array_cache will be drained,
and then node 1 will move the contents of its alien[0] array_cache
into that same shared array_cache. node 0's shared array_cache is
never looked at again, so the objects left there will appear to be in
use when __cache_shrink() calls __node_shrink() for node 0. So
__node_shrink() will return 1 and kmem_cache_destroy() will fail.

This patch fixes this by having drain_cpu_caches() do
drain_alien_cache() on every node before it does drain_array() on the
nodes' shared array_caches.

The problem was originally reported by Or Gerlitz <ogerlitz@xxxxxxxxxxxx>.

Cc: Christoph Lameter <clameter@xxxxxxx>
Cc: Pekka Enberg <penberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

OK, Indeed i have CONFIG_NUMA and yes, the patch fixes my problem, thanks a lot for working on that!


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