Re: [RFC PATCH 1/2] memcg: account swap instead of memory+swap

From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Mon Dec 29 2014 - 03:47:40 EST

On Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 02:00:20PM -0500, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 28, 2014 at 07:19:12PM +0300, Vladimir Davydov wrote:
> > The design of swap limits for memory cgroups looks broken. Instead of a
> > separate swap limit, there is the memory.memsw.limit_in_bytes knob,
> > which limits total memory+swap consumption. As a result, under global
> > memory pressure, a cgroup can eat up to memsw.limit of *swap*, so it's
> > just impossible to set the swap limit to be less than the memory limit
> > with such a design. In particular, this means that we have to leave swap
> > unlimited if we want to partition system memory dynamically using soft
> > limits.
> >
> > This patch therefore attempts to move from memory+swap to pure swap
> > accounting so that we will be able to separate memory and swap resources
> > in the sane cgroup hierarchy, which is the business of the following
> > patch.
> >
> > The old interface acts on memory and swap limits as follows:
> The implementation seems fine to me, but there is no point in cramming
> this into the old interface. Let's just leave it alone and implement
> proper swap accounting and limiting in the default/unified hierarchy.

Agree - the patch will be cleaner, and we won't need to bother about
compatibility issues then.

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