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From: Yang Shi <>
To: Andrew Morton <>
	David Rientjes <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/4 v2] Define killable version for access_remote_vm() and use it in fs/proc
Date: Tue, 6 Mar 2018 13:17:37 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On 3/6/18 12:45 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:25:47 +0800 Yang Shi <> wrote:
>> Background:
>> When running vm-scalability with large memory (> 300GB), the below hung
>> task issue happens occasionally.
>> INFO: task ps:14018 blocked for more than 120 seconds.
>>         Tainted: G            E 4.9.79-009.ali3000.alios7.x86_64 #1
>>   "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message.
>>   ps              D    0 14018      1 0x00000004
>>    ffff885582f84000 ffff885e8682f000 ffff880972943000 ffff885ebf499bc0
>>    ffff8828ee120000 ffffc900349bfca8 ffffffff817154d0 0000000000000040
>>    00ffffff812f872a ffff885ebf499bc0 024000d000948300 ffff880972943000
>>   Call Trace:
>>    [<ffffffff817154d0>] ? __schedule+0x250/0x730
>>    [<ffffffff817159e6>] schedule+0x36/0x80
>>    [<ffffffff81718560>] rwsem_down_read_failed+0xf0/0x150
>>    [<ffffffff81390a28>] call_rwsem_down_read_failed+0x18/0x30
>>    [<ffffffff81717db0>] down_read+0x20/0x40
>>    [<ffffffff812b9439>] proc_pid_cmdline_read+0xd9/0x4e0
>>    [<ffffffff81253c95>] ? do_filp_open+0xa5/0x100
>>    [<ffffffff81241d87>] __vfs_read+0x37/0x150
>>    [<ffffffff812f824b>] ? security_file_permission+0x9b/0xc0
>>    [<ffffffff81242266>] vfs_read+0x96/0x130
>>    [<ffffffff812437b5>] SyS_read+0x55/0xc0
>>    [<ffffffff8171a6da>] entry_SYSCALL_64_fastpath+0x1a/0xc5
>> When manipulating a large mapping, the process may hold the mmap_sem for
>> long time, so reading /proc/<pid>/cmdline may be blocked in
>> uninterruptible state for long time.
>> We already have killable version APIs for semaphore, here use down_read_killable()
>> to improve the responsiveness.
> Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't see how this solves the
> problem.  Yes, the read of /proc/pid/cmdline will be abandoned if
> someone interrupts that process.  But if nobody does that, the read
> will still just sit there for 2 minutes and the watchdog warning will
> still come out?

No, the warning will not come out since down_read_killable() puts the 
task into TASK_KILLABLE state instead of TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE state. The 
hung task check will skip TASK_KILLABLE tasks, please see the below code 
in (kernel/hung_task.c):

                 /* use "==" to skip the TASK_KILLABLE tasks waiting on 
NFS */
                 if (t->state == TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE)
                         check_hung_task(t, timeout);

It just mitigates the hung task warning, can't resolve the mmap_sem 
scalability issue. Furthermore, waiting on pure uninterruptible state 
for reading /proc sounds unnecessary. It doesn't wait for I/O completion.

> Where the heck are we holding mmap_sem for so long?  Can that be fixed?

The mmap_sem is held for unmapping a large map which has every single 
page mapped. This is not a issue in real production code. Just found it 
by running vm-scalability on a machine with ~600GB memory.

AFAIK, I don't see any easy fix for the mmap_sem scalability issue. I 
saw range locking patches ( were 
floating around. But, it may not help too much on the case that a large 
map with every single page mapped.


  reply	other threads:[~2018-03-06 21:17 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 16+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-02-27  0:25 [RFC PATCH 0/4 v2] Define killable version for access_remote_vm() and use it in fs/proc Yang Shi
2018-02-27  0:25 ` [PATCH 1/4 v2] mm: add access_remote_vm_killable APIs Yang Shi
2018-02-27  0:25 ` [PATCH 2/4 v2] fs: proc: use down_read_killable in proc_pid_cmdline_read() Yang Shi
2018-02-27  0:25 ` [PATCH 3/4 v2] fs: proc: use down_read_killable() in environ_read() Yang Shi
2018-02-27  7:15   ` Alexey Dobriyan
2018-02-27 16:59     ` Yang Shi
2018-02-27  0:25 ` [PATCH 4/4 v2] mm: use access_remote_vm() in get_cmdline() Yang Shi
2018-02-27  1:02 ` [RFC PATCH 0/4 v2] Define killable version for access_remote_vm() and use it in fs/proc David Rientjes
2018-02-27  1:25   ` Yang Shi
2018-02-27  1:47     ` David Rientjes
2018-03-01  0:17       ` Yang Shi
2018-03-06 18:45 ` Yang Shi
2018-03-06 20:45 ` Andrew Morton
2018-03-06 21:17   ` Yang Shi [this message]
2018-03-06 21:41     ` Andrew Morton
2018-03-07  0:47       ` Yang Shi

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