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From: Tetsuo Handa <>
To: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	Johannes Weiner <>,
	David Rientjes <>,, Yong-Taek Lee <>,
	Paul McKenney <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm, oom: Tolerate processes sharing mm with different view of oom_score_adj.
Date: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:32:50 +0900	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 2019/01/16 21:19, Michal Hocko wrote:
> On Wed 16-01-19 20:30:25, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
>> On 2019/01/16 20:09, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>> On Wed 16-01-19 19:55:21, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
>>>> This patch reverts both commit 44a70adec910d692 ("mm, oom_adj: make sure
>>>> processes sharing mm have same view of oom_score_adj") and commit
>>>> 97fd49c2355ffded ("mm, oom: kill all tasks sharing the mm") in order to
>>>> close a race and reduce the latency at __set_oom_adj(), and reduces the
>>>> warning at __oom_kill_process() in order to minimize the latency.
>>>> Commit 36324a990cf578b5 ("oom: clear TIF_MEMDIE after oom_reaper managed
>>>> to unmap the address space") introduced the worst case mentioned in
>>>> 44a70adec910d692. But since the OOM killer skips mm with MMF_OOM_SKIP set,
>>>> only administrators can trigger the worst case.
>>>> Since 44a70adec910d692 did not take latency into account, we can hold RCU
>>>> for minutes and trigger RCU stall warnings by calling printk() on many
>>>> thousands of thread groups. Even without calling printk(), the latency is
>>>> mentioned by Yong-Taek Lee [1]. And I noticed that 44a70adec910d692 is
>>>> racy, and trying to fix the race will require a global lock which is too
>>>> costly for rare events.
>>>> If the worst case in 44a70adec910d692 happens, it is an administrator's
>>>> request. Therefore, tolerate the worst case and speed up __set_oom_adj().
>>> I really do not think we care about latency. I consider the overal API
>>> sanity much more important. Besides that the original report you are
>>> referring to was never exaplained/shown to represent real world usecase.
>>> oom_score_adj is not really a an interface to be tweaked in hot paths.
>> I do care about the latency. Holding RCU for more than 2 minutes is insane.
> Creating 8k threads could be considered insane as well. But more
> seriously. I absolutely do not insist on holding a single RCU section
> for the whole operation. But that doesn't really mean that we want to
> revert these changes. for_each_process is by far not only called from
> this path.

Unlike check_hung_uninterruptible_tasks() where failing to resume after
breaking RCU section is tolerable, failing to resume after breaking RCU
section for __set_oom_adj() is not tolerable; it leaves the possibility
of different oom_score_adj. Unless it is inevitable (e.g. SysRq-t), I think
that calling printk() on each thread from RCU section is a poor choice.

What if thousands of threads concurrently called __set_oom_adj() when
each __set_oom_adj() call involves printk() on thousands of threads
which can take more than 2 minutes? How long will it take to complete?

  reply	other threads:[~2019-01-16 13:33 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 14+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-01-16 10:55 Tetsuo Handa
2019-01-16 11:09 ` Michal Hocko
2019-01-16 11:30   ` Tetsuo Handa
2019-01-16 12:19     ` Michal Hocko
2019-01-16 13:32       ` Tetsuo Handa [this message]
2019-01-16 13:41         ` Michal Hocko
2019-01-17 10:40           ` Tetsuo Handa
2019-01-17 15:51           ` Michal Hocko
2019-01-30 22:49             ` [PATCH v2] " Tetsuo Handa
2019-01-31  7:11               ` Michal Hocko
2019-01-31 20:59                 ` Tetsuo Handa
2019-02-01  9:14                   ` Michal Hocko
2019-02-02 11:06                     ` Tetsuo Handa
2019-02-11 15:07                       ` Michal Hocko

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