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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: change memcg->oom_group access with atomic operations
On Tue, Feb 21, 2023 at 03:22:32PM +0800, Muchun Song wrote:
>
>
> > On Feb 21, 2023, at 13:17, Roman Gushchin <roman.gushchin@linux.dev> wrote:
> >
> >> On Feb 20, 2023, at 3:06 PM, Shakeel Butt <shakeelb@google.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> On Mon, Feb 20, 2023 at 01:09:44PM -0800, Roman Gushchin wrote:
> >>>> On Mon, Feb 20, 2023 at 11:16:38PM +0800, Yue Zhao wrote:
> >>>> The knob for cgroup v2 memory controller: memory.oom.group
> >>>> will be read and written simultaneously by user space
> >>>> programs, thus we'd better change memcg->oom_group access
> >>>> with atomic operations to avoid concurrency problems.
> >>>>
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Yue Zhao <findns94@gmail.com>
> >>>
> >>> Hi Yue!
> >>>
> >>> I'm curious, have any seen any real issues which your patch is solving?
> >>> Can you, please, provide a bit more details.
> >>>
> >>
> >> IMHO such details are not needed. oom_group is being accessed
> >> concurrently and one of them can be a write access. At least
> >> READ_ONCE/WRITE_ONCE is needed here.
> >
> > Needed for what?
> >
> > I mean it’s obviously not a big deal to put READ_ONCE()/WRITE_ONCE() here, but I struggle to imagine a scenario when it will make any difference. IMHO it’s easier to justify a proper atomic operation here, even if it’s most likely an overkill.
> >
> > My question is very simple: the commit log mentions “… to avoid concurrency problems”, so I wonder what problems are these.
>
> I think there is no difference in the assembly code between them in most
> cases. The only intention that I can think of is to avoid the potential
> complaint (data race) emitted by KCSAN.

+1

And it might be a totally good reason for this change, let's just make it clear,
instead of pretending to fix non-existing concurrency problems.

Thanks!

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