Re: [RFD] Merge task counter into memcg

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Tue Apr 17 2012 - 11:17:58 EST

Hello, Frederic.

On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 06:59:27PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> I want:
> a) to prevent the forkbomb from going far enough to DDOS the machine
> b) to be able to kill that forkbomb once detected, in one go without race
> against concurrent forks.
> I think a) can work just fine with kernel stack limiting. I also need
> to be notified about the fact we reached the limit. And b) should
> be feasible with the help of the cgroup freezer.

kmem allocation fail after reaching the limit which in turn should
fail task creation. Isn't that the same effect as the task_counter as

> > Is there anything for which you need to know exactly the number of
> > processes?
> No that's really about prevent/kill forkbomb as far as I'm concerned.

Hmm... so, accounting overhead aside, if the only purpose is
preventing the whole machine being brought down by a fork bomb, kmem
limiting is enough, right?


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