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Date:	Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:50:43 +0400
From:	Vladimir Davydov <>
To:	Johannes Weiner <>
CC:	<>, Michal Hocko <>,
	Greg Thelen <>, Tejun Heo <>,
	<>, <>
Subject: Re: [patch 0/3] mm: memcontrol: eliminate charge reparenting

Hi Johannes,

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 04:00:32PM -0400, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> The decoupling of css from the user-visible cgroup, word-sized per-cpu
> css reference counters, and css iterators that include offlined groups
> means we can take per-charge css references, continue to reclaim from
> offlined groups, and so get rid of the error-prone charge reparenting.

I haven't reviewed this set yet, but I agree that zapping user memory
reparenting sounds like a sane idea, because reparenting won't let the
css go in most cases anyway due to swap and kmem charges.

However, I think we must reparent list_lru items, otherwise per-memcg
arrays (kmem_caches, list_lrus) will grow uncontrollably due to dead
css's, which is unacceptable. Note it isn't the same as the user memory
reparenting, because we don't need to reparent kmem_cache objects or
charges - they can stay where they are pinning the css till they are
freed, because the memcg_cache_id, which I want to free on offline, is
not used for kmem allocations/frees after css offline. Actually we only
need to empty the list_lru corresponding to the dead memory cgroup,
which is relatively easy to implement. This is what patch 13 of the "Per
memcg slab shrinkers" patch set, which I sent recently, does (see

What do you think about it?

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