Re: [PATCH 6/6] containers: BeanCounters over generic process containers

From: Paul Menage
Date: Sun Dec 24 2006 - 07:04:57 EST

On 12/23/06, Herbert Poetzl <herbert@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Fri, Dec 22, 2006 at 06:14:48AM -0800, Paul Menage wrote:
> This patch implements the BeanCounter resource control abstraction
> over generic process containers. It contains the beancounter core
> code, plus the numfiles resource counter. It doesn't currently contain
> any of the memory tracking code or the code for switching beancounter
> context in interrupts.

I don't like it, it looks bloated and probably
adds plenty of overhead (similar to the OVZ
implementation where this seems to be taken from)

Yes - perhaps I should have been clearer in the patch description.
It's basically code taken from the OpenVZ bean counters patches that
have been posted recently, but with the filesystem and process
tracking code ripped out (since it's implemented over the generic

The main point of this patch is to demonstrate that UBC can be
implemented effectively over generic containers, rather than to be a
proposal in favour of UBC versus any of the other potential resource
control mechanisms.

Most of your comments are about code taken pretty much directly from
the UBC patches, so I won't address them.

> +int bc_file_charge(struct file *file)
> +{
> + int sev;
> + struct beancounter *bc;
> +
> + task_lock(current);

why do we lock current? it won't go away that
easily, and for switching the bc, it might be
better to use RCU or a separate lock, no?

The locking model (taken originally from the Cpusets code) in generic
containers is that while you can use RCU to guarantee that a pointer
read from current->container remains valid until you exit the RCU
critical section, if you want to make consistent changes to data
referenced from a task P's container, you need to hold either
P->alloc_lock or one of the two container mutexes (manage_mutex and/or

In this particular case (sorry, not on the VPN right now to be able to
figure out the potential code changes) the fact that the call to
css_get_current() uses atomic operations (currently a spinlock, but I
suspect I could optimize it to be a cmpxchg) could mean that we can
skip the task_lock(), at the cost of occasionally accounting a file to
the container that the task had just left.

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