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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 12:28:04 -0800
From:   Shakeel Butt <>
To:     Johannes Weiner <>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <>,
        Tejun Heo <>, Roman Gushchin <>,
        Michal Hocko <>, Linux MM <>,
        Cgroups <>,
        LKML <>,
        Kernel Team <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: memcontrol: prevent starvation when writing memory.high

On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 11:55 AM Johannes Weiner <> wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 10:59:58AM -0800, Shakeel Butt wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 12, 2021 at 9:12 AM Johannes Weiner <> wrote:
> > >
> > > When a value is written to a cgroup's memory.high control file, the
> > > write() context first tries to reclaim the cgroup to size before
> > > putting the limit in place for the workload. Concurrent charges from
> > > the workload can keep such a write() looping in reclaim indefinitely.
> > >
> >
> > Is this observed on real workload?
> Yes.
> On several production hosts running a particularly aggressive
> workload, we've observed writers to memory.high getting stuck for
> minutes while consuming significant amount of CPU.

Good to add this in the commit message or at least mentioning that it
happened in production.

> > Any particular reason to remove !reclaimed?
> It's purpose so far was to allow successful reclaim to continue
> indefinitely, while restricting no-progress loops to 'nr_retries'.
> Without the first part, it doesn't really matter whether reclaim is
> making progress or not: we do a maximum of 'nr_retries' loops until
> the cgroup size meets the new limit, then exit one way or another.

Does it make sense to add this in the commit message as well? I am
fine with either way.

For the patch:
Reviewed-by: Shakeel Butt <>

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