Re: [PATCH v5 07/14] mm: Allocate kernel pages to the right memcg

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Tue Oct 16 2012 - 11:31:06 EST

On Tue, 16 Oct 2012, Glauber Costa wrote:

> To avoid adding markers to the page - and a kmem flag that would
> necessarily follow, as much as doing page_cgroup lookups for no reason,
> whoever is marking its allocations with __GFP_KMEMCG flag is responsible
> for telling the page allocator that this is such an allocation at
> free_pages() time. This is done by the invocation of
> __free_accounted_pages() and free_accounted_pages().

Hmmm... The code paths to free pages are often shared between multiple
subsystems. Are you sure that this is actually working and accurately
tracks the MEMCG pages?

> +/*
> + * __free_accounted_pages and free_accounted_pages will free pages allocated
> + * with __GFP_KMEMCG.
> + *
> + * Those pages are accounted to a particular memcg, embedded in the
> + * corresponding page_cgroup. To avoid adding a hit in the allocator to search
> + * for that information only to find out that it is NULL for users who have no
> + * interest in that whatsoever, we provide these functions.
> + *
> + * The caller knows better which flags it relies on.
> + */
> +void __free_accounted_pages(struct page *page, unsigned int order)
> +{
> + memcg_kmem_uncharge_page(page, order);
> + __free_pages(page, order);
> +}

If we already are introducing such an API: Could it not be made more
general so that it can also be used in the future to communicate other
characteristics of a page on free?
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