Re: [PATCH 1/2] mm: memcontrol: use special workqueue for creating per-memcg caches
From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Tue Oct 04 2016 - 09:14:47 EST
On Mon, Oct 03, 2016 at 03:19:31PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Mon 03-10-16 15:35:06, Vladimir Davydov wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 03, 2016 at 02:06:42PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > > On Sat 01-10-16 16:56:47, Vladimir Davydov wrote:
> > > > Creating a lot of cgroups at the same time might stall all worker
> > > > threads with kmem cache creation works, because kmem cache creation is
> > > > done with the slab_mutex held. To prevent that from happening, let's use
> > > > a special workqueue for kmem cache creation with max in-flight work
> > > > items equal to 1.
> > > >
> > > > Link: https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=172981
> > >
> > > This looks like a regression but I am not really sure I understand what
> > > has caused it. We had the WQ based cache creation since kmem was
> > > introduced more or less. So is it 801faf0db894 ("mm/slab: lockless
> > > decision to grow cache") which was pointed by bisection that changed the
> > > timing resp. relaxed the cache creation to the point that would allow
> > > this runaway?
> > It is in case of SLAB. For SLUB the issue was caused by commit
> > 81ae6d03952c ("mm/slub.c: replace kick_all_cpus_sync() with
> > synchronize_sched() in kmem_cache_shrink()").
> OK, thanks for the confirmation. This would be useful in the changelog
> > > This would be really useful for the stable backport
> > > consideration.
> > >
> > > Also, if I understand the fix correctly, now we do limit the number of
> > > workers to 1 thread. Is this really what we want? Wouldn't it be
> > > possible that few memcgs could starve others fromm having their cache
> > > created? What would be the result, missed charges?
> > Now kmem caches are created in FIFO order, i.e. if one memcg called
> > kmem_cache_alloc on a non-existent cache before another, it will be
> > served first.
> I do not see where this FIFO is guaranteed.
> __memcg_schedule_kmem_cache_create doesn't seem to be using ordered WQ.
Yeah, you're right - I thought max_active implies ordering, but it
doesn't. Then we can use an ordered workqueue. Here's the updated