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Date:   Fri, 12 Apr 2019 13:07:17 -0700
From:   Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@...gle.com>
To:     Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Linux MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        Cgroups <cgroups@...r.kernel.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, kernel-team@...com
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/4] mm: memcontrol: memory.stat cost & correctness

On Fri, Apr 12, 2019 at 8:15 AM Johannes Weiner <hannes@...xchg.org> wrote:
>
> The cgroup memory.stat file holds recursive statistics for the entire
> subtree. The current implementation does this tree walk on-demand
> whenever the file is read. This is giving us problems in production.
>
> 1. The cost of aggregating the statistics on-demand is high. A lot of
> system service cgroups are mostly idle and their stats don't change
> between reads, yet we always have to check them. There are also always
> some lazily-dying cgroups sitting around that are pinned by a handful
> of remaining page cache; the same applies to them.
>
> In an application that periodically monitors memory.stat in our fleet,
> we have seen the aggregation consume up to 5% CPU time.
>
> 2. When cgroups die and disappear from the cgroup tree, so do their
> accumulated vm events. The result is that the event counters at
> higher-level cgroups can go backwards and confuse some of our
> automation, let alone people looking at the graphs over time.
>
> To address both issues, this patch series changes the stat
> implementation to spill counts upwards when the counters change.
>
> The upward spilling is batched using the existing per-cpu cache. In a
> sparse file stress test with 5 level cgroup nesting, the additional
> cost of the flushing was negligible (a little under 1% of CPU at 100%
> CPU utilization, compared to the 5% of reading memory.stat during
> regular operation).

For whole series:

Reviewed-by: Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@...gle.com>

>
>  include/linux/memcontrol.h |  96 +++++++-------
>  mm/memcontrol.c            | 290 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
>  mm/vmscan.c                |   4 +-
>  mm/workingset.c            |   7 +-
>  4 files changed, 234 insertions(+), 163 deletions(-)
>
>

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