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SubjectRe: [PATCH] memcg, thp: do not invoke oom killer on thp charges
On Tue, Apr 03, 2018 at 05:55:09PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Tue 03-04-18 10:58:53, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 09:59:28PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > > From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> > >
> > > David has noticed that THP memcg charge can trigger the oom killer
> > > since 2516035499b9 ("mm, thp: remove __GFP_NORETRY from khugepaged and
> > > madvised allocations"). We have used an explicit __GFP_NORETRY
> > > previously which ruled the OOM killer automagically.
> > >
> > > Memcg charge path should be semantically compliant with the allocation
> > > path and that means that if we do not trigger the OOM killer for costly
> > > orders which should do the same in the memcg charge path as well.
> > > Otherwise we are forcing callers to distinguish the two and use
> > > different gfp masks which is both non-intuitive and bug prone. Not to
> > > mention the maintenance burden.
> > >
> > > Teach mem_cgroup_oom to bail out on costly order requests to fix the THP
> > > issue as well as any other costly OOM eligible allocations to be added
> > > in future.
> > >
> > > Fixes: 2516035499b9 ("mm, thp: remove __GFP_NORETRY from khugepaged and madvised allocations")
> > > Reported-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
> > > Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> >
> > I also prefer this fix over having separate OOM behaviors (which is
> > user-visible, and not just about technical ability to satisfy the
> > allocation) between the allocator and memcg.
> >
> > Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>
>
> I will repost the patch with the currently merged THP specific handling
> reverted (see below). While 9d3c3354bb85 might have been an appropriate
> quick fix, we shouldn't keep it longterm for 4.17+ IMHO.
>
> Does you ack apply to that patch as well?

Yep, looks good to me.

> From: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
> Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2018 10:10:37 +0100
> Subject: [PATCH] memcg, thp: do not invoke oom killer on thp charges
>
> David has noticed that THP memcg charge can trigger the oom killer
> since 2516035499b9 ("mm, thp: remove __GFP_NORETRY from khugepaged and
> madvised allocations"). We have used an explicit __GFP_NORETRY
> previously which ruled the OOM killer automagically.
>
> Memcg charge path should be semantically compliant with the allocation
> path and that means that if we do not trigger the OOM killer for
> costly orders which should do the same in the memcg charge path as
> well. Otherwise we are forcing callers to distinguish the two and use
> different gfp masks which is both non-intuitive and bug prone. As soon
> as we get a costly high order kmalloc user we even do not have any means
> to tell the memcg specific gfp mask to prevent from OOM because the
> charging is deep within guts of the slab allocator.
>
> The unexpected memcg OOM on THP has already been fixed upstream by
> 9d3c3354bb85 ("mm, thp: do not cause memcg oom for thp") but this is
> one-off fix rather than a generic solution. Teach mem_cgroup_oom to bail
> out on costly order requests to fix the THP issue as well as any other
> costly OOM eligible allocations to be added in future.
>
> Also revert 9d3c3354bb85 because special gfp for THP is no longer
> needed.
>
> Fixes: 2516035499b9 ("mm, thp: remove __GFP_NORETRY from khugepaged and madvised allocations")
> Reported-by: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com>
> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>

Acked-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>

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