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From: Michal Hocko <>
To: Tetsuo Handa <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] mm/page_alloc: Wait for oom_lock before retrying.
Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2017 10:56:05 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Sun 16-07-17 19:59:51, Tetsuo Handa wrote:
> Since the whole memory reclaim path has never been designed to handle the
> scheduling priority inversions, those locations which are assuming that
> execution of some code path shall eventually complete without using
> synchronization mechanisms can get stuck (livelock) due to scheduling
> priority inversions, for CPU time is not guaranteed to be yielded to some
> thread doing such code path.
> mutex_trylock() in __alloc_pages_may_oom() (waiting for oom_lock) and
> schedule_timeout_killable(1) in out_of_memory() (already held oom_lock) is
> one of such locations, and it was demonstrated using artificial stressing
> that the system gets stuck effectively forever because SCHED_IDLE priority
> thread is unable to resume execution at schedule_timeout_killable(1) if
> a lot of !SCHED_IDLE priority threads are wasting CPU time [1].

I do not understand this. All the contending tasks will go and sleep for
1s. How can they preempt the lock holder?
Michal Hocko

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  reply	other threads:[~2017-07-17  8:56 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2017-07-16 10:59 [PATCH v2] mm/page_alloc: Wait for oom_lock before retrying Tetsuo Handa
2017-07-17  8:56 ` Michal Hocko [this message]
2017-07-17 13:50   ` Tetsuo Handa
2017-07-17 15:15     ` Michal Hocko
2017-07-17 15:24 ` Michal Hocko
2017-07-17 21:42   ` Tetsuo Handa
2017-07-18  9:08     ` Michal Hocko

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