Re: [RFC PATCH 1/7] cgroup: rstat: only disable interrupts for the percpu lock

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On Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 9:46 PM Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 9:37 PM Yosry Ahmed <yosryahmed@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 9:31 PM Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Fri, Mar 24, 2023 at 7:18 PM Yosry Ahmed <yosryahmed@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > >
> > > [...]
> > > > Any ideas here are welcome!
> > > >
> > >
> > > Let's move forward. It seems like we are not going to reach an
> > > agreement on making cgroup_rstat_lock a non-irq lock. However there is
> > > agreement on the memcg code of not flushing in irq context and the
> > > cleanup Johannes has requested. Let's proceed with those for now. We
> > > can come back to cgroup_rstat_lock later if we still see issues in
> > > production.
> >
> > Even if we do not flush from irq context, we still flush from atomic
> > contexts that will currently hold the lock with irqs disabled
> > throughout the entire flush sequence. A primary purpose of this reason
> > is to avoid that.
> >
> > We can either:
> > (a) Proceed with the following approach of making cgroup_rstat_lock a
> > non-irq lock.
> > (b) Proceed with Tejun's suggestion of always releasing and
> > reacquiring the lock at CPU boundaries, even for atomic flushes (if
> > the spinlock needs a break ofc).
> > (c) Something else.
> (d) keep the status quo regarding cgroup_rstat_lock
> (e) decouple the discussion of cgroup_rstat_lock from the agreed
> improvements. Send the patches for the agreed ones and continue
> discussing cgroup_rstat_lock.

Ah, I lost sight of the fact that the rest of the patch series does
not strictly depend on this patch. I will respin the rest of the patch
series separately. Thanks, Shakeel.

Meanwhile, it would be useful to reach an agreement here to stop
acquiring the cgroup_rstat_lock for a long time with irq disabled in
atomic contexts.

Tejun, if having the lock be non-irq is a non-starter for you, I can
send a patch that instead gives up the lock and reacquires it at every
CPU boundary unconditionally -- or perhaps every N CPU boundaries to
avoid excessively releasing and reacquiring the lock.

Something like:

static void cgroup_rstat_flush_locked(struct cgroup *cgrp, bool may_sleep)
    for_each_possible_cpu(cpu) {
        /* Always yield the at CPU boundaries to enable irqs */

        /* if @may_sleep, play nice and yield if necessary */
        if (may_sleep)


If you have other ideas to avoid disabling irq's for the entire flush
sequence I am also open to that.


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