[RFC PATCH v3 04/11] drm, cgroup: Add total GEM buffer allocation limit

Kenny Ho y2kenny at gmail.com
Wed Jun 26 21:27:48 UTC 2019

On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 12:05 PM Daniel Vetter <daniel at ffwll.ch> wrote:
> > drm.buffer.default
> >         A read-only flat-keyed file which exists on the root cgroup.
> >         Each entry is keyed by the drm device's major:minor.
> >
> >         Default limits on the total GEM buffer allocation in bytes.
> Don't we need a "0 means no limit" semantics here?

I believe the convention is to use the 'max' keyword.

> I think we need a new drm-cgroup.rst which contains all this
> documentation.

Yes I planned to do that when things are more finalized.  I am
actually writing the commit message following the current doc format
so I can reuse it in the rst.

> With multiple GPUs, do we need an overall GEM bo limit, across all gpus?
> For other stuff later on like vram/tt/... and all that it needs to be
> per-device, but I think one overall limit could be useful.

This one I am not sure but should be fairly straightforward to add.
I'd love to hear more feedbacks on this as well.

> >       if (!amdgpu_bo_validate_size(adev, size, bp->domain))
> >               return -ENOMEM;
> >
> > +     if (!drmcgrp_bo_can_allocate(current, adev->ddev, size))
> > +             return -ENOMEM;
> So what happens when you start a lot of threads all at the same time,
> allocating gem bo? Also would be nice if we could roll out at least the
> accounting part of this cgroup to all GEM drivers.

When there is a large number of allocation, the allocation will be
checked in sequence within a device (since I used a per device mutex
in the check.)  Are you suggesting the overhead here is significant
enough to be a bottleneck?  The accounting part should be available to
all GEM drivers (unless I missed something) since the chg and unchg
function is called via the generic drm_gem_private_object_init and

> > +     /* only allow bo from the same cgroup or its ancestor to be imported */
> > +     if (drmcgrp != NULL &&
> Quite a serious limitation here ...
> > +                     !drmcgrp_is_self_or_ancestor(drmcgrp, obj->drmcgrp)) {
> Also what happens if you actually share across devices? Then importing in
> the 2nd group is suddenly possible, and I think will be double-counted.
> What's the underlying technical reason for not allowing sharing across
> cgroups?

With the current implementation, there shouldn't be double counting as
the counting is done during the buffer init.

To be clear, sharing across cgroup is allowed, the buffer just needs
to be allocated by a process that is parent to the cgroup.  So in the
case of xorg allocating buffer for client, the xorg would be in the
root cgroup and the buffer can be passed around by different clients
(in root or other cgroup.)  The idea here is to establish some form of
ownership, otherwise there wouldn't be a way to account for or limit
the usage.


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