Re: [PATCH 00/10] cgroups: Task counter subsystem v6

From: Glauber Costa
Date: Sat Oct 29 2011 - 05:38:28 EST

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 1:30 AM, Andrew Morton
<akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, 25 Oct 2011 13:06:35 -0700
> Tim Hockin <thockin@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 3:01 PM, Andrew Morton <akpm00@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > On Mon, __3 Oct 2011 21:07:02 +0200
>> > Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >
>> >> Hi Andrew,
>> >>
>> >> This contains minor changes, mostly documentation and changelog
>> >> updates, off-case build fix, and a code optimization in
>> >> res_counter_common_ancestor().
>> >
>> > I'd normally duck a patch series like this when we're at -rc8 and ask
>> > for it to be resent late in -rc1. __But I was feeling frisky so I
>> > grabbed this lot for a bit of testing and will sit on it until -rc1.
>> >
>> > I'm still not convinced that the kernel has a burning need for a "task
>> > counter subsystem". __Someone convince me that we should merge this!
>> We have real (accidental) DoS situations which happen because we don't
>> have this. ÂIt usually takes the form of some library no re-joining
>> threads. ÂWe end up deploying a few apps linked against this library,
>> and suddenly we're in trouble on a machine. ÂExcept, this being
>> Google, we're in trouble on a lot of machines.
> This is a bit foggy. ÂI think you mean that machines are experiencing
> accidental forkbombs?
>> There may be other ways to cobble this sort of safety together, but
>> they are less appealing for various reasons. Âcgroups are how we
>> control groups of related pids.

In the end of the day, all cgroups are just a group of tasks. So I don't really
get the need to have a cgroup to control the number of tasks in the system.

Why don't we just allow all cgroups to have a limit on the number of
tasks it can hold?

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