[PATCH v5 01/14] memory-hotplug: try to offline the memory twice to avoid dependence

Glauber Costa glommer at parallels.com
Tue Dec 25 19:35:15 EST 2012

On 12/24/2012 04:09 PM, Tang Chen wrote:
> From: Wen Congyang <wency at cn.fujitsu.com>
> memory can't be offlined when CONFIG_MEMCG is selected.
> For example: there is a memory device on node 1. The address range
> is [1G, 1.5G). You will find 4 new directories memory8, memory9, memory10,
> and memory11 under the directory /sys/devices/system/memory/.
> If CONFIG_MEMCG is selected, we will allocate memory to store page cgroup
> when we online pages. When we online memory8, the memory stored page cgroup
> is not provided by this memory device. But when we online memory9, the memory
> stored page cgroup may be provided by memory8. So we can't offline memory8
> now. We should offline the memory in the reversed order.
> When the memory device is hotremoved, we will auto offline memory provided
> by this memory device. But we don't know which memory is onlined first, so
> offlining memory may fail. In such case, iterate twice to offline the memory.
> 1st iterate: offline every non primary memory block.
> 2nd iterate: offline primary (i.e. first added) memory block.
> This idea is suggested by KOSAKI Motohiro.
> Signed-off-by: Wen Congyang <wency at cn.fujitsu.com>

Maybe there is something here that I am missing - I admit that I came
late to this one, but this really sounds like a very ugly hack, that
really has no place in here.

Retrying, of course, may make sense, if we have reasonable belief that
we may now succeed. If this is the case, you need to document - in the
code - while is that.

The memcg argument, however, doesn't really cut it. Why can't we make
all page_cgroup allocations local to the node they are describing? If
memcg is the culprit here, we should fix it, and not retry. If there is
still any benefit in retrying, then we retry being very specific about why.

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