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SubjectRe: Showing /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/memory.stat very slow on some machines
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On Tue, 3 Jul 2018 08:43:23 +0200 Bruce Merry <bmerry@ska.ac.za> wrote:

> Hi
>
> I've run into an odd performance issue in the kernel, and not being a
> kernel dev or knowing terribly much about cgroups, am looking for
> advice on diagnosing the problem further (I discovered this while
> trying to pin down high CPU load in cadvisor).
>
> On some machines in our production system, cat
> /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/memory.stat is extremely slow (500ms on one
> machine), while on other nominally identical machines it is fast
> (2ms).
>
> One other thing I've noticed is that the affected machines generally
> have much larger values for SUnreclaim in /proc/memstat (up to several
> GB), and slabtop reports >1GB of dentry.
>
> Before I tracked the original problem (high CPU usage in cadvisor)
> down to this, I rebooted one of the machines and the original problem
> went away, so it seems to be cleared by a reboot; I'm reluctant to
> reboot more machines to confirm since I don't have a sure-fire way to
> reproduce the problem again to debug it.
>
> The machines are running Ubuntu 16.04 with kernel 4.13.0-41-generic.
> They're running Docker, which creates a bunch of cgroups, but not an
> excessive number: there are 106 memory.stat files in
> /sys/fs/cgroup/memory.
>
> Digging a bit further, cat
> /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/system.slice/memory.stat also takes ~500ms, but
> "find /sys/fs/cgroup/memory/system.slice -mindepth 2 -name memory.stat
> | xargs cat" takes only 8ms.
>
> Any thoughts, particularly on what I should compare between the good
> and bad machines to narrow down the cause, or even better, how to
> prevent it happening?
>
> Thanks
> Bruce
> --
> Bruce Merry
> Senior Science Processing Developer
> SKA South Africa

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