Re: [PATCH v4 24/25] memcg/slub: shrink dead caches

From: Glauber Costa
Date: Fri Jul 20 2012 - 18:19:43 EST

On 07/06/2012 12:16 PM, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 18 Jun 2012, Glauber Costa wrote:
>> In the slub allocator, when the last object of a page goes away, we
>> don't necessarily free it - there is not necessarily a test for empty
>> page in any slab_free path.
> This is the same btw in SLAB which keeps objects in per cpu caches and
> keeps empty slab pages on special queues.
>> This patch marks all memcg caches as dead. kmem_cache_shrink is called
>> for the ones who are not yet dead - this will force internal cache
>> reorganization, and then all references to empty pages will be removed.
> You need to call this also for slab to drain the caches and free the pages
> on the empty list.
Doesn't the SLAB have a time-based reaper for that?

That's why I was less concerned with the SLAB, but I can certainly call
it for both.

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