Re: [PATCH v5 6/7] mm: reparent slab memory on cgroup removal

From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Tue May 28 2019 - 14:36:32 EST

On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 01:07:34PM -0700, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> Let's reparent memcg slab memory on memcg offlining. This allows us
> to release the memory cgroup without waiting for the last outstanding
> kernel object (e.g. dentry used by another application).
> So instead of reparenting all accounted slab pages, let's do reparent
> a relatively small amount of kmem_caches. Reparenting is performed as
> a part of the deactivation process.
> Since the parent cgroup is already charged, everything we need to do
> is to splice the list of kmem_caches to the parent's kmem_caches list,
> swap the memcg pointer and drop the css refcounter for each kmem_cache
> and adjust the parent's css refcounter. Quite simple.
> Please, note that kmem_cache->memcg_params.memcg isn't a stable
> pointer anymore. It's safe to read it under rcu_read_lock() or
> with slab_mutex held.
> We can race with the slab allocation and deallocation paths. It's not
> a big problem: parent's charge and slab global stats are always
> correct, and we don't care anymore about the child usage and global
> stats. The child cgroup is already offline, so we don't use or show it
> anywhere.
> aren't used anywhere except count_shadow_nodes(). But even there it
> won't break anything: after reparenting "nodes" will be 0 on child
> level (because we're already reparenting shrinker lists), and on
> parent level page stats always were 0, and this patch won't change
> anything.
> Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <guro@xxxxxx>
> Reviewed-by: Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@xxxxxxxxxx>

This one looks good to me. I can't see why anything could possibly go
wrong after this change.