Re: WARNINGs in set_task_reclaim_state with memory cgroup andfullmemory usage

From: Yafang Shao
Date: Tue Aug 27 2019 - 07:52:01 EST

On Sat, Aug 24, 2019 at 9:05 PM Hillf Danton <hdanton@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, 24 Aug 2019 16:15:38 +0800 Yafang Shao wrote:
> >
> > The memcg soft reclaim is called from kswapd reclam path and direct
> > reclaim path,
> > so why not pass the scan_control from the callsite in these two
> > reclaim paths and use it in memcg soft reclaim ?
> > Seems there's no specially reason that we must introduce a new
> > scan_control here.
> >
> To protect memcg from being over reclaimed?

Not only this, but also makes the reclaim path more clear.

> Victim memcg is selected one after another in a fair way, and punished
> by reclaiming one memcg a round no more than nr_to_reclaim ==
> SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX pages. And so is the flip-flop from global to memcg
> reclaiming. We can see similar protection activities in
> commit a394cb8ee632 ("memcg,vmscan: do not break out targeted reclaim
> without reclaimed pages") and
> commit 2bb0f34fe3c1 ("mm: vmscan: do not iterate all mem cgroups for
> global direct reclaim").
> No preference seems in either way except for retaining
> nr_to_reclaim == SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX and target_mem_cgroup == memcg.

Setting target_mem_cgroup here may be a very subtle change for
subsequent processing.
Regarding retraining nr_to_reclaim == SWAP_CLUSTER_MAX, it may not
proper for direct reclaim, that may cause some stall if we iterate all
memcgs here.

> >
> > I have checked the hisotry why this order check is introduced here.
> > The first commit is 4e41695356fb ("memory controller: soft limit
> > reclaim on contention"),
> > but it didn't explained why.
> > At the first glance it is reasonable to remove it, but we should
> > understand why it was introduced at the first place.
> Reclaiming order can not make much sense in soft-limit reclaiming
> under the current protection.
> Thanks to Adric Blake again.
> Hillf