Re: Process memory accounting (cgroups) accuracy

From: Michal Hocko
Date: Fri Jul 02 2021 - 05:08:23 EST

On Fri 02-07-21 09:50:11, Krzysztof Kozlowski wrote:
> The questions: How accurate are now the cgroup counters?

The precision depends on the number of CPUs the workload is running on
as we do a per-cpu charge caching to optimize the accounting. This is
MEMCG_CHARGE_BATCH (32) pages currently. You can learn more by checking
try_charge function (mm/memcontrol.c).

> I understood they should charge only pages allocated by the process, so
> why mmap(4 kB) causes max_usage_in_bytes=132 kB?

Please note that kernel allocations (marked by __GFP_ACCOUNT) are
accounted as well so this is not only about mmaped memory.

> Why mmap(4 MB) causes max_usage_in_bytes=4 MB + 34 pages?

The specific number will depend on the executing - e.g. use up all but 3
pages from CPU0 batch and have 31 pages on another cpu.

> What is being accounted there (stack guards?)?
> Or maybe the entire LTP test checking so carefully memcg limits is useless?

Well, I haven't really checked details of those tests and their
objective but aiming for an absolute precision is not really something
that is very useful IMHO. We are very likely to do optimizations like
the one mentioned above as the runtime tends to be much more important
than to-the-page precision.

Hope this clarifies this a bit.
Michal Hocko