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Date:   Thu, 11 Apr 2019 22:17:27 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>
To:     Suren Baghdasaryan <surenb@...gle.com>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        David Rientjes <rientjes@...gle.com>,
        Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>,
        yuzhoujian@...ichuxing.com,
        Souptick Joarder <jrdr.linux@...il.com>,
        Roman Gushchin <guro@...com>,
        Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org>,
        Tetsuo Handa <penguin-kernel@...ove.sakura.ne.jp>,
        "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@...ssion.com>,
        Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@...gle.com>,
        Christian Brauner <christian@...uner.io>,
        Minchan Kim <minchan@...nel.org>,
        Tim Murray <timmurray@...gle.com>,
        Daniel Colascione <dancol@...gle.com>,
        Joel Fernandes <joel@...lfernandes.org>,
        Jann Horn <jannh@...gle.com>, linux-mm <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        lsf-pc@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        kernel-team <kernel-team@...roid.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC 0/2] opportunistic memory reclaim of a killed process

On Thu 11-04-19 12:56:32, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 11, 2019 at 11:19 AM Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Thu 11-04-19 09:47:31, Suren Baghdasaryan wrote:
> > [...]
> > > > I would question whether we really need this at all? Relying on the exit
> > > > speed sounds like a fundamental design problem of anything that relies
> > > > on it.
> > >
> > > Relying on it is wrong, I agree. There are protections like allocation
> > > throttling that we can fall back to stop memory depletion. However
> > > having a way to free up resources that are not needed by a dying
> > > process quickly would help to avoid throttling which hurts user
> > > experience.
> >
> > I am not opposing speeding up the exit time in general. That is a good
> > thing. Especially for a very large processes (e.g. a DB). But I do not
> > really think we want to expose an API to control this specific aspect.
> 
> Great! Thanks for confirming that the intent is not worthless.
> There were a number of ideas floating both internally and in the 2/2
> of this patchset. I would like to get some input on which
> implementation would be preferable. From your answer sounds like you
> think it should be a generic feature, should not require any new APIs
> or hints from the userspace and should be conducted for all kills
> unconditionally (irrespective of memory pressure, who is waiting for
> victim's death, etc.). Do I understand correctly that this would be
> the preferred solution?

Yes, I think the general tear down solution is much more preferable than
a questionable API. How that solution should look like is an open
question. I am not sure myself to be honest.
-- 
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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