[PATCH RFC v4 00/16] new cgroup controller for gpu/drm subsystem

Tejun Heo tj at kernel.org
Tue Sep 3 18:50:13 UTC 2019

Hello, Daniel.

On Tue, Sep 03, 2019 at 09:55:50AM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > * While breaking up and applying control to different types of
> >   internal objects may seem attractive to folks who work day in and
> >   day out with the subsystem, they aren't all that useful to users and
> >   the siloed controls are likely to make the whole mechanism a lot
> >   less useful.  We had the same problem with cgroup1 memcg - putting
> >   control of different uses of memory under separate knobs.  It made
> >   the whole thing pretty useless.  e.g. if you constrain all knobs
> >   tight enough to control the overall usage, overall utilization
> >   suffers, but if you don't, you really don't have control over actual
> >   usage.  For memcg, what has to be allocated and controlled is
> >   physical memory, no matter how they're used.  It's not like you can
> >   go buy more "socket" memory.  At least from the looks of it, I'm
> >   afraid gpu controller is repeating the same mistakes.
> We do have quite a pile of different memories and ranges, so I don't
> thinkt we're doing the same mistake here. But it is maybe a bit too

I see.  One thing which caught my eyes was the system memory control.
Shouldn't that be controlled by memcg?  Is there something special
about system memory used by gpus?

> complicated, and exposes stuff that most users really don't care about.

Could be from me not knowing much about gpus but definitely looks too
complex to me.  I don't see how users would be able to alloate, vram,
system memory and GART with reasonable accuracy.  memcg on cgroup2
deals with just single number and that's already plenty challenging.



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