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Date:   Thu, 11 Apr 2019 18:35:00 +0300
From:   Kirill Tkhai <>
To:     Waiman Long <>, Tejun Heo <>,
        Li Zefan <>,
        Johannes Weiner <>,
        Jonathan Corbet <>,
        Michal Hocko <>,
        Vladimir Davydov <>
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Roman Gushchin <>,
        Shakeel Butt <>,
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/2] mm/memcontrol: Finer-grained memory control

On 11.04.2019 17:55, Waiman Long wrote:
> On 04/11/2019 10:37 AM, Kirill Tkhai wrote:
>> On 10.04.2019 22:13, Waiman Long wrote:
>>> The current control mechanism for memory cgroup v2 lumps all the memory
>>> together irrespective of the type of memory objects. However, there
>>> are cases where users may have more concern about one type of memory
>>> usage than the others.
>>> We have customer request to limit memory consumption on anonymous memory
>>> only as they said the feature was available in other OSes like Solaris.
>>> To allow finer-grained control of memory, this patchset 2 new control
>>> knobs for memory controller:
>>>  - memory.subset.list for specifying the type of memory to be under control.
>>>  - memory.subset.high for the high limit of memory consumption of that
>>>    memory type.
>>> For simplicity, the limit is not hierarchical and applies to only tasks
>>> in the local memory cgroup.
>>> Waiman Long (2):
>>>   mm/memcontrol: Finer-grained control for subset of allocated memory
>>>   mm/memcontrol: Add a new MEMCG_SUBSET_HIGH event
>>>  Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst |  35 +++++++++
>>>  include/linux/memcontrol.h              |   8 ++
>>>  mm/memcontrol.c                         | 100 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
>>>  3 files changed, 142 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>> CC Andrey.
>> In Virtuozzo kernel we have similar functionality for limitation of page cache in a cgroup:
> It will be helpful to know the use case where you want to limit page
> cache usage. I have anonymous memory in mind when I compose this patch,
> but I make the mechanism more generic so that it can apply to other use
> cases as well.

We have distributed storage, and there are its daemons on every host.
There are replication factor 1:N, so the same block may be duplicated
on different hosts. They produce a lot of pagecache, but it is reused
not often (because of the above 1:N).

So, we want to limit pagecache, but do not limit anon memory. This
prevents global reclaim, and we found this improves our performance tests.


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