Re: [PATCH v6 09/10] mm: stop setting page->mem_cgroup pointer for slab pages

From: Vladimir Davydov
Date: Sun Jun 09 2019 - 13:13:55 EST

On Tue, Jun 04, 2019 at 07:44:53PM -0700, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> Every slab page charged to a non-root memory cgroup has a pointer
> to the memory cgroup and holds a reference to it, which protects
> a non-empty memory cgroup from being released. At the same time
> the page has a pointer to the corresponding kmem_cache, and also
> hold a reference to the kmem_cache. And kmem_cache by itself
> holds a reference to the cgroup.
> So there is clearly some redundancy, which allows to stop setting
> the page->mem_cgroup pointer and rely on getting memcg pointer
> indirectly via kmem_cache. Further it will allow to change this
> pointer easier, without a need to go over all charged pages.
> So let's stop setting page->mem_cgroup pointer for slab pages,
> and stop using the css refcounter directly for protecting
> the memory cgroup from going away. Instead rely on kmem_cache
> as an intermediate object.
> Make sure that vmstats and shrinker lists are working as previously,
> as well as /proc/kpagecgroup interface.
> Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <guro@xxxxxx>

Acked-by: Vladimir Davydov <>