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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: avoid bothering interrupted task when charge memcg in softirq
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.


> If the network buffers is allocated through kmem interface, the
> charging is bypassed altogether (through memcg_kmem_bypass()) for
> interrupt context.
>

Yes.

Thanks
Yafang
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