[v3 1/6] mm, oom: use oom_victims counter to synchronize oom victim selection

From: Roman Gushchin
Date: Wed Jun 21 2017 - 17:21:28 EST

Oom killer should avoid unnecessary kills. To prevent them, during
the tasks list traverse we check for task which was previously
selected as oom victims. If there is such a task, new victim
is not selected.

This approach is sub-optimal (we're doing costly iteration over the task
list every time) and will not work for the cgroup-aware oom killer.

We already have oom_victims counter, which can be effectively used
for the task.

If there are victims in flight, don't do anything; if the counter
falls to 0, there are no more oom victims left.
So, it's a good time to start looking for a new victim.

Signed-off-by: Roman Gushchin <guro@xxxxxx>
Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov.dev@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Tejun Heo <tj@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: kernel-team@xxxxxx
Cc: cgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-doc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Cc: linux-mm@xxxxxxxxx
mm/oom_kill.c | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/mm/oom_kill.c b/mm/oom_kill.c
index 0e2c925..e3aaf5c8 100644
--- a/mm/oom_kill.c
+++ b/mm/oom_kill.c
@@ -992,6 +992,13 @@ bool out_of_memory(struct oom_control *oc)
if (oom_killer_disabled)
return false;

+ /*
+ * If there are oom victims in flight, we don't need to select
+ * a new victim.
+ */
+ if (atomic_read(&oom_victims) > 0)
+ return true;
if (!is_memcg_oom(oc)) {
blocking_notifier_call_chain(&oom_notify_list, 0, &freed);
if (freed > 0)