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From: Shakeel Butt <>
To: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>,
	Michal Hocko <>, Vlastimil Babka <>,
	Alexey Avramov <>,
	Rik van Riel <>, Mike Galbraith <>,
	Darrick Wong <>,,
	Linux-fsdevel <>,
	Linux-MM <>,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 1/1] mm: vmscan: Reduce throttling due to a failure to make progress
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2021 09:50:51 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, Dec 3, 2021 at 1:01 AM Mel Gorman <> wrote:
> Not recently that I'm aware of but historically reclaim has been plagued by
> at least two classes of problems -- premature OOM and excessive CPU usage
> churning through the LRU. Going back, the solution was basically to sleep
> something like "disable kswapd if it fails to make progress for too long".
> Commit 69392a403f49 addressed a case where calling congestion_wait might as
> well have been schedule_timeout_uninterruptible(HZ/10) because congestion
> is no longer tracked by the block layer.
> Hence 69392a403f49 allows reclaim to throttle on NOPROGRESS but if
> another task makes progress, the throttled tasks can be woken before the
> timeout. The flaw was throttling too easily or for too long delaying OOM
> being properly detected.

To remove congestion_wait of mem_cgroup_force_empty_write(), the
commit 69392a403f49 has changed the behavior of all memcg reclaim
codepaths as well as direct global reclaimers. Were there other
congestion_wait() instances which commit 69392a403f49 was targeting
but those congestion_wait() were replaced/removed by different


> >
> > Isn't it better that the reclaim returns why it is failing instead of
> > littering the reclaim code with 'is this global reclaim', 'is this
> > memcg reclaim', 'am I kswapd' which is also a layering violation. IMO
> > this is the direction we should be going towards though not asking to
> > do this now.
> >
> It's not clear why you think the page allocator can make better decisions
> about reclaim than reclaim can. It might make sense if callers were
> returned enough information to make a decision but even if they could,
> it would not be popular as the API would be difficult to use properly.

The above is a separate discussion for later.

> Is your primary objection the cgroup_reclaim(sc) check?

No, I am of the opinion that we should revert 69392a403f49 and we
should have just replaced congestion_wait in
mem_cgroup_force_empty_write with a simple
schedule_timeout_interruptible. The memory.force_empty is a cgroup v1
interface (to be deprecated) and it is very normal to expect that the
user will trigger that interface multiple times. We should not change
the behavior of all the memcg reclaimers and direct global reclaimers
so that we can remove congestion_wait from

> If so, I can
> remove it. While there is a mild risk that OOM would be delayed, it's very
> unlikely because a memcg failing to make progress in the local case will
> probably call cond_resched() if there are not lots of of pages pending
> writes globally.
> > Regarding this patch and 69392a403f49, I am still confused on the main
> > motivation behind 69392a403f49 to change the behavior of 'direct
> > reclaimers from page allocator'.
> >
> The main motivation of the series overall was to remove the reliance on
> congestion_wait and wait_iff_congested because both are fundamentally
> broken when congestion is not tracked by the block layer. Replacing with
> schedule_timeout_uninterruptible() would be silly because where possible
> decisions on whether to pause or throttle should be based on events,
> not time. For example, if there are too many pages waiting on writeback
> then throttle but if writeback completes, wake the throttled tasks
> instead of "sleep some time and hope for the best".

I am in agreement with the motivation of the whole series. I am just
making sure that the motivation of VMSCAN_THROTTLE_NOPROGRESS based
throttle is more than just the congestion_wait of


  reply	other threads:[~2021-12-03 17:51 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-12-02 15:06 [PATCH v4 1/1] mm: vmscan: Reduce throttling due to a failure to make progress Mel Gorman
2021-12-02 16:30 ` Shakeel Butt
2021-12-02 16:52   ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-02 17:41     ` Shakeel Butt
2021-12-03  9:01       ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-03 17:50         ` Shakeel Butt [this message]
2021-12-03 19:08           ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-06  6:06             ` Shakeel Butt
2021-12-06 11:25               ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-07  7:14                 ` Shakeel Butt
2021-12-07  9:28                   ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-09  6:20 ` Hugh Dickins
2021-12-09  9:53   ` Mel Gorman
2021-12-28 10:04 ` Thorsten Leemhuis
2021-12-29 23:45   ` Andrew Morton
2021-12-31 14:24     ` Thorsten Leemhuis
2021-12-31 18:33       ` Hugh Dickins
2021-12-31 19:14       ` Linus Torvalds
2021-12-31 19:21         ` Linus Torvalds
2021-12-31 19:22           ` Linus Torvalds
2022-01-01 10:52             ` Thorsten Leemhuis
2021-12-31 21:04           ` Andrew Morton
2021-12-31 21:18             ` Linus Torvalds
2022-02-14 21:10 ` Shuang Zhai
2022-02-15 14:49   ` Mel Gorman
2022-02-22 17:27     ` [PATCH v4 1/1] mm: vmscan: Reduce throttling due to a failure to make progress' Shuang Zhai
2022-02-23 12:50       ` Mel Gorman

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