Re: [PATCH resend] memcg: introduce per-memcg reclaim interface

From: Huang, Ying
Date: Sat Apr 02 2022 - 04:13:27 EST

Wei Xu <weixugc@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Fri, Apr 1, 2022 at 6:54 AM Michal Hocko <mhocko@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Thu 31-03-22 08:41:51, Yosry Ahmed wrote:
>> > From: Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> >


>> > Possible Extensions:
>> > --------------------
>> >
>> > - This interface can be extended with an additional parameter or flags
>> > to allow specifying one or more types of memory to reclaim from (e.g.
>> > file, anon, ..).
>> >
>> > - The interface can also be extended with a node mask to reclaim from
>> > specific nodes. This has use cases for reclaim-based demotion in memory
>> > tiering systens.
>> >
>> > - A similar per-node interface can also be added to support proactive
>> > reclaim and reclaim-based demotion in systems without memcg.
>> >
>> > For now, let's keep things simple by adding the basic functionality.
>> Yes, I am for the simplicity and this really looks like a bare minumum
>> interface. But it is not really clear who do you want to add flags on
>> top of it?
>> I am not really sure we really need a node aware interface for memcg.
>> The global reclaim interface will likely need a different node because
>> we do not want to make this CONFIG_MEMCG constrained.
> A nodemask argument for memory.reclaim can be useful for memory
> tiering between NUMA nodes with different performance. Similar to
> proactive reclaim, it can allow a userspace daemon to drive
> memcg-based proactive demotion via the reclaim-based demotion
> mechanism in the kernel.

I am not sure whether nodemask is a good way for demoting pages between
different types of memory. For example, for a system with DRAM and
PMEM, if specifying DRAM node in nodemask means demoting to PMEM, what
is the meaning of specifying PMEM node? reclaiming to disk?

In general, I have no objection to the idea in general. But we should
have a clear and consistent interface. Per my understanding the default
memcg interface is for memory, regardless of memory types. The memory
reclaiming means reduce the memory usage, regardless of memory types.
We need to either extending the semantics of memory reclaiming (to
include memory demoting too), or add another interface for memory

Best Regards,
Huang, Ying