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Date:   Fri, 27 Jan 2017 21:06:56 +0300
From:   Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov@...antool.org>
To:     Tejun Heo <tj@...nel.org>
Cc:     cl@...ux.com, penberg@...nel.org, rientjes@...gle.com,
        iamjoonsoo.kim@....com, akpm@...ux-foundation.org, jsvana@...com,
        hannes@...xchg.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-mm@...ck.org, cgroups@...r.kernel.org, kernel-team@...com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 06/10] slab: implement slab_root_caches list

On Tue, Jan 17, 2017 at 03:54:07PM -0800, Tejun Heo wrote:
> With kmem cgroup support enabled, kmem_caches can be created and
> destroyed frequently and a great number of near empty kmem_caches can
> accumulate if there are a lot of transient cgroups and the system is
> not under memory pressure.  When memory reclaim starts under such
> conditions, it can lead to consecutive deactivation and destruction of
> many kmem_caches, easily hundreds of thousands on moderately large
> systems, exposing scalability issues in the current slab management
> code.  This is one of the patches to address the issue.
> 
> slab_caches currently lists all caches including root and memcg ones.
> This is the only data structure which lists the root caches and
> iterating root caches can only be done by walking the list while
> skipping over memcg caches.  As there can be a huge number of memcg
> caches, this can become very expensive.
> 
> This also can make /proc/slabinfo behave very badly.  seq_file
> processes reads in 4k chunks and seeks to the previous Nth position on
> slab_caches list to resume after each chunk.  With a lot of memcg
> cache churns on the list, reading /proc/slabinfo can become very slow
> and its content often ends up with duplicate and/or missing entries.
> 
> This patch adds a new list slab_root_caches which lists only the root
> caches.  When memcg is not enabled, it becomes just an alias of
> slab_caches.  memcg specific list operations are collected into
> memcg_[un]link_cache().
> 
> Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@...nel.org>
> Reported-by: Jay Vana <jsvana@...com>
> Cc: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov.dev@...il.com>
> Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@...ux.com>
> Cc: Pekka Enberg <penberg@...nel.org>
> Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>
> Cc: Joonsoo Kim <iamjoonsoo.kim@....com>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>

Acked-by: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov@...antool.org>

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