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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/3] mm: memcontrol: recursive memory.low protection

On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 05:36:36PM +0100, Michal Hocko wrote:
> AFAIK systemd already offers knobs to configure resource controls [1].

Yes, it can set up the control knobs as directed but it doesn't ship
with any material resource configurations or has conventions set up
around it.

> Besides that we are talking about memcg features which are available only
> unified hieararchy and that is what systemd is using already.

I'm not quite sure what the above sentence is trying to say.

> > You gotta
> > change the layout to configure resource control no matter what and
> > it's pretty easy to do. systemd folks are planning to integrate higher
> > level resource control features, so my expectation is that the default
> > layout is gonna change as it develops.
> Do you have any pointers to those discussions? I am not really following
> systemd development.

There's a plan to integrate streamlined implementation of oomd into
systemd. There was a thread somewhere but the only thing I can find
now is a phoronix link.

systemd recently implemented DisableControllers so that upper level
slices can have authority over what controllers are enabled below it
and in a similar vein there were discussions over making it
auto-propagate some of the configs down the hierarchy but kernel doing
the right thing and maintaining consistent semantics across
controllers seems to be the right approach.

There was also a discussion with a distro. Nothing concrete yet but I
think we're more likely to see more resource control configs being
deployed by default in the future.

> Anyway, I am skeptical that systemd can do anything much more clever
> than placing cgroups with a resource control under the root cgroup. At
> least not without some tagging which workloads are somehow related.

Yeah, exactly, all it needs to do is placing scopes / services
according to resource hierarchy and configure overall policy at higher
level slices, which is exactly what the memory.low semantics change
will allow.

> That being said, I do not really blame systemd here. We are not making
> their life particularly easy TBH.

Do you mind elaborating a bit?



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