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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: avoid bothering interrupted task when charge memcg in softirq
On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 10:26 PM Yafang Shao <laoar.shao@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 12:25 PM, Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com> wrote:
> > On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 7:10 PM Yafang Shao <laoar.shao@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 11:38 PM, Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com> wrote:
> >> > On Sat, Jul 14, 2018 at 1:32 AM Yafang Shao <laoar.shao@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> try_charge maybe executed in packet receive path, which is in interrupt
> >> >> context.
> >> >> In this situation, the 'current' is the interrupted task, which may has
> >> >> no relation to the rx softirq, So it is nonsense to use 'current'.
> >> >>
> >> >
> >> > Have you actually seen this occurring?
> >>
> >> Hi Shakeel,
> >>
> >> I'm trying to produce this issue, but haven't find it occur yet.
> >>
> >> > I am not very familiar with the
> >> > network code but I can think of two ways try_charge() can be called
> >> > from network code. Either through kmem charging or through
> >> > mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() and both locations correctly handle
> >> > interrupt context.
> >> >
> >>
> >> Why do you say that mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() correctly hanle
> >> interrupt context ?
> >>
> >> Let me show you why mem_cgroup_charge_skmem isn't hanling interrupt
> >> context correctly.
> >>
> >> mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() is calling try_charge() twice.
> >> The first one is with GFP_NOWAIT as the gfp_mask, and the second one
> >> is with (GFP_NOWAIT | __GFP_NOFAIL) as the gfp_mask.
> >>
> >> If page_counter_try_charge() failes at the first time, -ENOMEM is returned.
> >> Then mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() will call try_charge() once more with
> >> __GFP_NOFAIL set, and this time if If page_counter_try_charge() failes
> >> again the '
> >> force' label in try_charge() will be executed and 0 is returned.
> >>
> >> No matter what, the 'current' will be used and touched, that is
> >> meaning mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() isn't hanling the interrupt context
> >> correctly.
> >>
> >
> > Hi Yafang,
> >
> > If you check mem_cgroup_charge_skmem(), the memcg passed is not
> > 'current' but is from the sock object i.e. sk->sk_memcg for which the
> > network buffer is allocated for.
> >
>
> That's correct, the memcg if from the sock object.
> But the point is, in this situation why 'current' is used in try_charge() ?
> As 'current' is not related with the memcg, which is just a interrupted task.
>

Hmm so you mean the behavior of memcg charging in the interrupt
context depends on the state of the interrupted task. As you have
noted, mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() tries charging again with
__GFP_NOFAIL and the charge succeeds. Basically the memcg charging by
mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() will always succeed irrespective of the
state of the interrupted task. However mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() can
return true if the interrupted task was exiting or a fatal signal is
pending or oom victim or reclaiming memory. Can you please explain why
this is bad?

Shakeel
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