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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm -v4 14/21] mm, cgroup, THP, swap: Support to move swap account for PMD swap mapping
On Tue, Jul 10, 2018 at 03:49:58PM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> Daniel Jordan <> writes:
> > On Fri, Jun 22, 2018 at 11:51:44AM +0800, Huang, Ying wrote:
> >> Because there is no way to prevent a huge swap cluster from being
> >> split except when it has SWAP_HAS_CACHE flag set.
> >
> > What about making get_mctgt_type_thp take the cluster lock? That function
> > would be the first lock_cluster user outside of swapfile.c, but it would
> > serialize with split_swap_cluster.
> >
> >> It is possible for
> >> the huge swap cluster to be split and the charge for the swap slots
> >> inside to be changed, after we check the PMD swap mapping and the huge
> >> swap cluster before we commit the charge moving. But the race window
> >> is so small, that we will just ignore the race.
> >
> > Moving the charges is a slow path, so can't we just be correct here and not
> > leak?
> Check the code and thought about this again, found the race may not
> exist. Because the PMD is locked when get_mctgt_type_thp() is called
> until charge is completed for the PMD. So the charge of the huge swap
> cluster cannot be changed at the same time even if the huge swap cluster
> is split by other processes.

That's true, the PMD lock does prevent the swap charge from going stale between
the time mem_cgroup_move_charge_pte_range identifies a huge swap entry in
get_mctgt_type_thp and the time it moves the charge in mem_cgroup_move_account,
at least for some events like swapping in pages.

> Right?

I'm not sure the PMD lock covers everything, but after looking a while longer
at this, the charge moving seems to be a best-effort feature in other respects,
so the accounting doesn't need to be completely accurate.

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