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SubjectRE: [PATCH v1 3/3] virtio-balloon: Switch back to OOM handler for VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_DEFLATE_ON_OOM
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On Thursday, February 6, 2020 12:34 AM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> Commit 71994620bb25 ("virtio_balloon: replace oom notifier with shrinker")
> changed the behavior when deflation happens automatically. Instead of
> deflating when called by the OOM handler, the shrinker is used.
>
> However, the balloon is not simply some slab cache that should be shrunk
> when under memory pressure. The shrinker does not have a concept of
> priorities, so this behavior cannot be configured.
>
> There was a report that this results in undesired side effects when inflating
> the balloon to shrink the page cache. [1]
> "When inflating the balloon against page cache (i.e. no free memory
> remains) vmscan.c will both shrink page cache, but also invoke the
> shrinkers -- including the balloon's shrinker. So the balloon
> driver allocates memory which requires reclaim, vmscan gets this
> memory by shrinking the balloon, and then the driver adds the
> memory back to the balloon. Basically a busy no-op."

Not sure if we need to go back to OOM, which has many drawbacks as we discussed.
Just posted out another approach, which is simple.

Best,
Wei

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