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authorJohannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org>2014-12-10 15:42:37 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>2014-12-10 17:41:04 -0800
commit5b1efc027c0b51ca3e76f4e00c83358f8349f543 (patch)
treeef12cdcbfb7ac8ad45b66e6ee5e6cf9f2d566418 /Documentation/cgroups
parent71f87bee38edddb21d97895fa938744cf3f477bb (diff)
kernel: res_counter: remove the unused API
All memory accounting and limiting has been switched over to the lockless page counters. Bye, res_counter! [akpm@linux-foundation.org: update Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt] [mhocko@suse.cz: ditch the last remainings of res_counter] Signed-off-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Acked-by: Vladimir Davydov <vdavydov@parallels.com> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz> Cc: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> Cc: David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com> Cc: Paul Bolle <pebolle@tiscali.nl> Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/cgroups')
2 files changed, 8 insertions, 206 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt b/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
index f624727ab404..67613ff0270c 100644
--- a/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
+++ b/Documentation/cgroups/memory.txt
@@ -116,16 +116,16 @@ The memory controller is the first controller developed.
2.1. Design
-The core of the design is a counter called the res_counter. The res_counter
-tracks the current memory usage and limit of the group of processes associated
-with the controller. Each cgroup has a memory controller specific data
-structure (mem_cgroup) associated with it.
+The core of the design is a counter called the page_counter. The
+page_counter tracks the current memory usage and limit of the group of
+processes associated with the controller. Each cgroup has a memory controller
+specific data structure (mem_cgroup) associated with it.
2.2. Accounting
- | mem_cgroup |
- | (res_counter) |
+ | mem_cgroup |
+ | (page_counter) |
/ ^ \
/ | \
@@ -352,9 +352,8 @@ set:
0. Configuration
-d. Enable CONFIG_MEMCG_SWAP (to use swap extension)
+c. Enable CONFIG_MEMCG_SWAP (to use swap extension)
d. Enable CONFIG_MEMCG_KMEM (to use kmem extension)
1. Prepare the cgroups (see cgroups.txt, Why are cgroups needed?)
diff --git a/Documentation/cgroups/resource_counter.txt b/Documentation/cgroups/resource_counter.txt
deleted file mode 100644
index 762ca54eb929..000000000000
--- a/Documentation/cgroups/resource_counter.txt
+++ /dev/null
@@ -1,197 +0,0 @@
- The Resource Counter
-The resource counter, declared at include/linux/res_counter.h,
-is supposed to facilitate the resource management by controllers
-by providing common stuff for accounting.
-This "stuff" includes the res_counter structure and routines
-to work with it.
-1. Crucial parts of the res_counter structure
- a. unsigned long long usage
- The usage value shows the amount of a resource that is consumed
- by a group at a given time. The units of measurement should be
- determined by the controller that uses this counter. E.g. it can
- be bytes, items or any other unit the controller operates on.
- b. unsigned long long max_usage
- The maximal value of the usage over time.
- This value is useful when gathering statistical information about
- the particular group, as it shows the actual resource requirements
- for a particular group, not just some usage snapshot.
- c. unsigned long long limit
- The maximal allowed amount of resource to consume by the group. In
- case the group requests for more resources, so that the usage value
- would exceed the limit, the resource allocation is rejected (see
- the next section).
- d. unsigned long long failcnt
- The failcnt stands for "failures counter". This is the number of
- resource allocation attempts that failed.
- c. spinlock_t lock
- Protects changes of the above values.
-2. Basic accounting routines
- a. void res_counter_init(struct res_counter *rc,
- struct res_counter *rc_parent)
- Initializes the resource counter. As usual, should be the first
- routine called for a new counter.
- The struct res_counter *parent can be used to define a hierarchical
- child -> parent relationship directly in the res_counter structure,
- NULL can be used to define no relationship.
- c. int res_counter_charge(struct res_counter *rc, unsigned long val,
- struct res_counter **limit_fail_at)
- When a resource is about to be allocated it has to be accounted
- with the appropriate resource counter (controller should determine
- which one to use on its own). This operation is called "charging".
- This is not very important which operation - resource allocation
- or charging - is performed first, but
- * if the allocation is performed first, this may create a
- temporary resource over-usage by the time resource counter is
- charged;
- * if the charging is performed first, then it should be uncharged
- on error path (if the one is called).
- If the charging fails and a hierarchical dependency exists, the
- limit_fail_at parameter is set to the particular res_counter element
- where the charging failed.
- d. u64 res_counter_uncharge(struct res_counter *rc, unsigned long val)
- When a resource is released (freed) it should be de-accounted
- from the resource counter it was accounted to. This is called
- "uncharging". The return value of this function indicate the amount
- of charges still present in the counter.
- The _locked routines imply that the res_counter->lock is taken.
- e. u64 res_counter_uncharge_until
- (struct res_counter *rc, struct res_counter *top,
- unsigned long val)
- Almost same as res_counter_uncharge() but propagation of uncharge
- stops when rc == top. This is useful when kill a res_counter in
- child cgroup.
- 2.1 Other accounting routines
- There are more routines that may help you with common needs, like
- checking whether the limit is reached or resetting the max_usage
- value. They are all declared in include/linux/res_counter.h.
-3. Analyzing the resource counter registrations
- a. If the failcnt value constantly grows, this means that the counter's
- limit is too tight. Either the group is misbehaving and consumes too
- many resources, or the configuration is not suitable for the group
- and the limit should be increased.
- b. The max_usage value can be used to quickly tune the group. One may
- set the limits to maximal values and either load the container with
- a common pattern or leave one for a while. After this the max_usage
- value shows the amount of memory the container would require during
- its common activity.
- Setting the limit a bit above this value gives a pretty good
- configuration that works in most of the cases.
- c. If the max_usage is much less than the limit, but the failcnt value
- is growing, then the group tries to allocate a big chunk of resource
- at once.
- d. If the max_usage is much less than the limit, but the failcnt value
- is 0, then this group is given too high limit, that it does not
- require. It is better to lower the limit a bit leaving more resource
- for other groups.
-4. Communication with the control groups subsystem (cgroups)
-All the resource controllers that are using cgroups and resource counters
-should provide files (in the cgroup filesystem) to work with the resource
-counter fields. They are recommended to adhere to the following rules:
- a. File names
- Field name File name
- ---------------------------------------------------
- usage usage_in_<unit_of_measurement>
- max_usage max_usage_in_<unit_of_measurement>
- limit limit_in_<unit_of_measurement>
- failcnt failcnt
- lock no file :)
- b. Reading from file should show the corresponding field value in the
- appropriate format.
- c. Writing to file
- Field Expected behavior
- ----------------------------------
- usage prohibited
- max_usage reset to usage
- limit set the limit
- failcnt reset to zero
-5. Usage example
- a. Declare a task group (take a look at cgroups subsystem for this) and
- fold a res_counter into it
- struct my_group {
- struct res_counter res;
- <other fields>
- }
- b. Put hooks in resource allocation/release paths
- int alloc_something(...)
- {
- if (res_counter_charge(res_counter_ptr, amount) < 0)
- return -ENOMEM;
- <allocate the resource and return to the caller>
- }
- void release_something(...)
- {
- res_counter_uncharge(res_counter_ptr, amount);
- <release the resource>
- }
- In order to keep the usage value self-consistent, both the
- "res_counter_ptr" and the "amount" in release_something() should be
- the same as they were in the alloc_something() when the releasing
- resource was allocated.
- c. Provide the way to read res_counter values and set them (the cgroups
- still can help with it).
- c. Compile and run :)

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