[Xen-devel] Re: [PATCH 7/9] blkio-cgroup-v9: Page tracking hooks

KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com
Thu Jul 23 05:02:13 PDT 2009

Ryo Tsuruta wrote:
> KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu at jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:

>> > dm-ioband gives high priority to I/O for swap-out by checking whether
>> > PG_swapcache flag is set on the I/O page, regardless of the assigned
>> > I/O bandwidth, and the bandwidth consumed for swap-out is charged to
>> > the owner of the pages as a debt.
>> > How about this approach?
>> I don't think it's reasonable. Why I/O device, scheduler should know
>> about
>> such mm-related information ? I think layering is wrong.
> I think that urgent I/O requests such as swap-out should be notified
> by setting a special flag in the struct bio, but there is no such
> mechanism at this time. That is why dm-ioband uses this approach.
>> And your approatch cannot be a workaround.
>> In follwing _typical_ case,
>>   - A process does small logging to /var/log/mylog, once in a sec.
>>     but it uses some amount of cold memory or shmem.
>> This process's logging will be delayed _unexpectedly_ by some buggy
>> process
>> which does memory leak.
> Do you mean that the delay in logging is caused since the small process
> is swapped out unexpectedly by the buggy processes?
I don't write "small process", "small logging".
Buggy process does swap-out and cosumes someone else's bandwidth, then,
loggind will be delayed. Important here is throttle bandwidth consumed by
buggy prorcess, not other's.

> How about using memory cgroup to prevent the small process from swap-out?
It never be help if memcg is not configured.

My point is "don't allow anyone to use bandwidth of others."
Considering job isolation, a thread who requests swap-out should be charged
against bandwidth.


More information about the Containers mailing list