Re: Kernel falls apart under light memory pressure (i.e. linking vmlinux)
From: Andrew Lutomirski
Date: Wed May 18 2011 - 22:16:19 EST
On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 1:17 AM, Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, May 18, 2011 at 4:22 AM, Andrew Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> No, thanks. However it would be valuable if you can retry with this
>>> patch _alone_ (without the "if (need_resched()) return false;" change,
>>> as I don't see how it helps your case).
>>> @@ -2286,7 +2290,7 @@ static bool sleeping_prematurely(pg_data_t
>>> *pgdat, int order, long remaining,
>>> * must be balanced
>>> if (order)
>>> - return pgdat_balanced(pgdat, balanced, classzone_idx);
>>> + return !pgdat_balanced(pgdat, balanced, classzone_idx);
>>> return !all_zones_ok;
>> I logged in, added swap, and ran a program that allocated 1900MB of
>> RAM and memset it. The system lagged a bit but survived. kswapd
>> showed 10% CPU (which is odd, IMO, since I'm using aesni-intel and I
>> think that all the crypt happens in kworker when aesni-intel is in
> I think kswapd could use 10% enough for reclaim.
>> Then I started Firefox, loaded gmail, and ran test_mempressure.sh.
>> Kaboom! (I.e. system was hung) SysRq-F saved the system and produced
> It means you see softhangup of kswapd? or mouse/keyboard doesn't move?
Mouse and keyboard dead.
> Andrew, Could you test this patch with !pgdat_balanced patch?
> I think we shouldn't see OOM message if we have lots of free swap space.
> == CUT_HERE ==
> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index f73b865..cc23f04 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -1341,10 +1341,6 @@ static inline bool
> should_reclaim_stall(unsigned long nr_taken,
> if (current_is_kswapd())
> return false;
> - /* Only stall on lumpy reclaim */
> - if (sc->reclaim_mode & RECLAIM_MODE_SINGLE)
> - return false;
> /* If we have relaimed everything on the isolated list, no stall */
> if (nr_freed == nr_taken)
> return false;
> Then, if you don't see any unnecessary OOM but still see the hangup,
> could you apply this patch based on previous?
With this patch, I started GNOME and Firefox, turned on swap, and ran
test_mempressure.sh 1500 1400 1. Instant panic (or OOPS and hang or
something -- didn't get the top part). Picture attached -- it looks
like memcg might be involved. I'm running F15, so it might even be
I won't be able to get netconsole dumps until next week because I'm
out of town and only have this one computer here.
I haven't tried the other patch.
Also, the !pgdat_balanced fix plus the if (need_resched()) return
false patch just hung once on 2.6.37-rc9. I don't know what triggered
it. Maybe yum.
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