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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: avoid bothering interrupted task when charge memcg in softirq
On Sun, Jul 15, 2018 at 2:34 PM, Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com> wrote:
> 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.

Yes.

> 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?
>

Let me show you the possible issues cause by this behavoir.
1. In mem_cgroup_oom(), some members in 'current' is set.
That means an innocent task will be in task_in_memcg_oom state.
But this task may be in a different memcg, I mean the memcg of
the 'current' may be differenct with the sk->sk_memcg.
Then when this innocent 'current' do try_charge it will hit "if
(unlikely(task_in_memcg_oom(current)))" and -ENOMEM is returned,
While there're maybe some free memory (or some memory could be freed )
in the memcg of the innocent 'task'.

2. If the interrupted task was exiting or a fatal signal is pending
or oom victim,
it will directly goto force and 0 is returned, and then
mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() will return true.
But mem_cgroup_charge_skmem() maybe need to try the second time
and return false.

That are all unexpected behavoir.

At least we must judge that whether the memcg of 'current' is same
with sk->sk_memcg if we still want to use current here.

Thanks
Yafang
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