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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/3] mm, oom: introduce memory.oom.group
On Thu, Aug 02, 2018 at 07:53:13PM +0900, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> On 2018/08/02 9:32, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> > For some workloads an intervention from the OOM killer
> > can be painful. Killing a random task can bring
> > the workload into an inconsistent state.
> >
> > Historically, there are two common solutions for this
> > problem:
> > 1) enabling panic_on_oom,
> > 2) using a userspace daemon to monitor OOMs and kill
> > all outstanding processes.
> >
> > Both approaches have their downsides:
> > rebooting on each OOM is an obvious waste of capacity,
> > and handling all in userspace is tricky and requires
> > a userspace agent, which will monitor all cgroups
> > for OOMs.
>
> We could start a one-time userspace agent which handles
> an cgroup OOM event and then terminates...

That might be not so trivial if there is a shortage of memory.

>
>
>
> > +/**
> > + * mem_cgroup_get_oom_group - get a memory cgroup to clean up after OOM
> > + * @victim: task to be killed by the OOM killer
> > + * @oom_domain: memcg in case of memcg OOM, NULL in case of system-wide OOM
> > + *
> > + * Returns a pointer to a memory cgroup, which has to be cleaned up
> > + * by killing all belonging OOM-killable tasks.
> > + *
> > + * Caller has to call mem_cgroup_put() on the returned non-NULL memcg.
> > + */
> > +struct mem_cgroup *mem_cgroup_get_oom_group(struct task_struct *victim,
> > + struct mem_cgroup *oom_domain)
> > +{
> > + struct mem_cgroup *oom_group = NULL;
> > + struct mem_cgroup *memcg;
> > +
> > + if (!cgroup_subsys_on_dfl(memory_cgrp_subsys))
> > + return NULL;
> > +
> > + if (!oom_domain)
> > + oom_domain = root_mem_cgroup;
> > +
> > + rcu_read_lock();
> > +
> > + memcg = mem_cgroup_from_task(victim);
>
> Isn't this racy? I guess that memcg of this "victim" can change to
> somewhere else from the one as of determining the final candidate.
> This "victim" might have already passed exit_mm()/cgroup_exit() from do_exit().
> This "victim" might be moving to a memcg which is different from the one
> determining the final candidate.

It is, as well as _all_ OOM handling code.
E.g. what if a user will set oom_score_adj to -1000 in the last moment?

It really doesn't matter, OOM killer should guarantee
forward progress without making too stupid decisions.
It doesn't provide any strict guarantees and really
shouldn't.

>
> > + if (memcg == root_mem_cgroup)
> > + goto out;
> > +
> > + /*
> > + * Traverse the memory cgroup hierarchy from the victim task's
> > + * cgroup up to the OOMing cgroup (or root) to find the
> > + * highest-level memory cgroup with oom.group set.
> > + */
> > + for (; memcg; memcg = parent_mem_cgroup(memcg)) {
> > + if (memcg->oom_group)
> > + oom_group = memcg;
> > +
> > + if (memcg == oom_domain)
> > + break;
> > + }
> > +
> > + if (oom_group)
> > + css_get(&oom_group->css);
> > +out:
> > + rcu_read_unlock();
> > +
> > + return oom_group;
> > +}
>
>
>
> > @@ -974,7 +988,23 @@ static void oom_kill_process(struct oom_control *oc, const char *message)
> > }
> > read_unlock(&tasklist_lock);
> >
> > + /*
> > + * Do we need to kill the entire memory cgroup?
> > + * Or even one of the ancestor memory cgroups?
> > + * Check this out before killing the victim task.
> > + */
> > + oom_group = mem_cgroup_get_oom_group(victim, oc->memcg);
> > +
> > __oom_kill_process(victim);
> > +
> > + /*
> > + * If necessary, kill all tasks in the selected memory cgroup.
> > + */
> > + if (oom_group) {
>
> Isn't "killing a child process of the biggest memory hog" and "killing all
> processes which belongs to a memcg which the child process of the biggest
> memory hog belongs to" strange? The intent of selecting a child is to try
> to minimize lost work while the intent of oom_cgroup is to try to discard
> all work. If oom_cgroup is enabled, I feel that we should
>
> pr_err("%s: Kill all processes in ", message);
> pr_cont_cgroup_path(memcg->css.cgroup);
> pr_cont(" due to memory.oom.group set\n");
>
> without
>
> pr_err("%s: Kill process %d (%s) score %u or sacrifice child\n", message, task_pid_nr(p), p->comm, points);
>
> (I mean, don't try to select a child).

We can do this optimization, but I would be accurate with changing
dmesg output format. Although it never was a part of ABI, I wonder,
how many users are using something like "kill process [0-9]+ or
sacrifice child" regexps?

Thanks!

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