Re: [PATCH 0/5] Candidate fixes for premature OOM kills with node-lru v1

From: Minchan Kim
Date: Thu Jul 21 2016 - 03:07:01 EST

Hi Mel,

On Wed, Jul 20, 2016 at 04:21:46PM +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> Both Joonsoo Kim and Minchan Kim have reported premature OOM kills on
> a 32-bit platform. The common element is a zone-constrained high-order
> allocation failing. Two factors appear to be at fault -- pgdat being

Strictly speaking, my case is order-0 allocation failing, not high-order.

> considered unreclaimable prematurely and insufficient rotation of the
> active list.
> Unfortunately to date I have been unable to reproduce this with a variety
> of stress workloads on a 2G 32-bit KVM instance. It's not clear why as
> the steps are similar to what was described. It means I've been unable to
> determine if this series addresses the problem or not. I'm hoping they can
> test and report back before these are merged to mmotm. What I have checked
> is that a basic parallel DD workload completed successfully on the same
> machine I used for the node-lru performance tests. I'll leave the other
> tests running just in case anything interesting falls out.
> The series is in three basic parts;
> Patch 1 does not account for skipped pages as scanned. This avoids the pgdat
> being prematurely marked unreclaimable
> Patches 2-4 add per-zone stats back in. The actual stats patch is different
> to Minchan's as the original patch did not account for unevictable
> LRU which would corrupt counters. The second two patches remove
> approximations based on pgdat statistics. It's effectively a
> revert of "mm, vmstat: remove zone and node double accounting by
> approximating retries" but different LRU stats are used. This
> is better than a full revert or a reworking of the series as
> it preserves history of why the zone stats are necessary.
> If this work out, we may have to leave the double accounting in
> place for now until an alternative cheap solution presents itself.
> Patch 5 rotates inactive/active lists for lowmem allocations. This is also
> quite different to Minchan's patch as the original patch did not
> account for memcg and would rotate if *any* eligible zone needed
> rotation which may rotate excessively. The new patch considers
> the ratio for all eligible zones which is more in line with
> node-lru in general.

Now I tested and confirmed it works for me at the OOM point of view.
IOW, I cannot see OOM kill any more. But note that I tested it
without [1/5] which has a problem I mentioned in that thread.

If you want to merge [1/5], please resend updated version but
I doubt we need it at this moment.