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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] mm,vmscan: Kill global shrinker lock.
On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 4:56 PM, Minchan Kim <minchan@kernel.org> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 06:37:42AM +0900, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
>> When shrinker_rwsem was introduced, it was assumed that
>> register_shrinker()/unregister_shrinker() are really unlikely paths
>> which are called during initialization and tear down. But nowadays,
>> register_shrinker()/unregister_shrinker() might be called regularly.
>> This patch prepares for allowing parallel registration/unregistration
>> of shrinkers.
>>
>> Since do_shrink_slab() can reschedule, we cannot protect shrinker_list
>> using one RCU section. But using atomic_inc()/atomic_dec() for each
>> do_shrink_slab() call will not impact so much.
>>
>> This patch uses polling loop with short sleep for unregister_shrinker()
>> rather than wait_on_atomic_t(), for we can save reader's cost (plain
>> atomic_dec() compared to atomic_dec_and_test()), we can expect that
>> do_shrink_slab() of unregistering shrinker likely returns shortly, and
>> we can avoid khungtaskd warnings when do_shrink_slab() of unregistering
>> shrinker unexpectedly took so long.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@I-love.SAKURA.ne.jp>
>
> Before reviewing this patch, can't we solve the problem with more
> simple way? Like this.
>
> Shakeel, What do you think?
>

Seems simple enough. I will run my test (running fork bomb in one
memcg and separately time a mount operation) and update if numbers
differ significantly.

> diff --git a/mm/vmscan.c b/mm/vmscan.c
> index 13d711dd8776..cbb624cb9baa 100644
> --- a/mm/vmscan.c
> +++ b/mm/vmscan.c
> @@ -498,6 +498,14 @@ static unsigned long shrink_slab(gfp_t gfp_mask, int nid,
> sc.nid = 0;
>
> freed += do_shrink_slab(&sc, shrinker, nr_scanned, nr_eligible);
> + /*
> + * bail out if someone want to register a new shrinker to prevent
> + * long time stall by parallel ongoing shrinking.
> + */
> + if (rwsem_is_contended(&shrinker_rwsem)) {
> + freed = 1;

freed = freed ?: 1;

> + break;
> + }
> }
>
> up_read(&shrinker_rwsem);

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