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SubjectRe: [patch] mm, oom: prevent soft lockup on memcg oom for UP systems
On Tue 10-03-20 16:02:23, David Rientjes wrote:
> On Tue, 10 Mar 2020, Michal Hocko wrote:
>
> > > When a process is oom killed as a result of memcg limits and the victim
> > > is waiting to exit, nothing ends up actually yielding the processor back
> > > to the victim on UP systems with preemption disabled. Instead, the
> > > charging process simply loops in memcg reclaim and eventually soft
> > > lockups.
> > >
> > > Memory cgroup out of memory: Killed process 808 (repro) total-vm:41944kB, anon-rss:35344kB, file-rss:504kB, shmem-rss:0kB, UID:0 pgtables:108kB oom_score_adj:0
> > > watchdog: BUG: soft lockup - CPU#0 stuck for 23s! [repro:806]
> > > CPU: 0 PID: 806 Comm: repro Not tainted 5.6.0-rc5+ #136
> > > RIP: 0010:shrink_lruvec+0x4e9/0xa40
> > > ...
> > > Call Trace:
> > > shrink_node+0x40d/0x7d0
> > > do_try_to_free_pages+0x13f/0x470
> > > try_to_free_mem_cgroup_pages+0x16d/0x230
> > > try_charge+0x247/0xac0
> > > mem_cgroup_try_charge+0x10a/0x220
> > > mem_cgroup_try_charge_delay+0x1e/0x40
> > > handle_mm_fault+0xdf2/0x15f0
> > > do_user_addr_fault+0x21f/0x420
> > > page_fault+0x2f/0x40
> > >
> > > Make sure that something ends up actually yielding the processor back to
> > > the victim to allow for memory freeing. Most appropriate place appears to
> > > be shrink_node_memcgs() where the iteration of all decendant memcgs could
> > > be particularly lengthy.
> >
> > There is a cond_resched in shrink_lruvec and another one in
> > shrink_page_list. Why doesn't any of them hit? Is it because there are
> > no pages on the LRU list? Because rss data suggests there should be
> > enough pages to go that path. Or maybe it is shrink_slab path that takes
> > too long?
> >
>
> I think it can be a number of cases, most notably mem_cgroup_protected()
> checks which is why the cond_resched() is added above it. Rather than add
> cond_resched() only for MEMCG_PROT_MIN and for certain MEMCG_PROT_LOW, the
> cond_resched() is added above the switch clause because the iteration
> itself may be potentially very lengthy.

Was any of the above the case for your soft lockup case? How have you
managed to trigger it? As I've said I am not against the patch but I
would really like to see an actual explanation what happened rather than
speculations of what might have happened. If for nothing else then for
the future reference.

If this is really about all the hierarchy being MEMCG_PROT_MIN protected
and that results in a very expensive and pointless reclaim walk that can
trigger soft lockup then it should be explicitly mentioned in the
changelog.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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