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SubjectRe: How much kernel stack do we need?
On Fri, 19 Jun 1998, Bernd Schmidt wrote:

> In 2.1.x kernels, the kernel stack size is 8192 bytes (2 pages) on the i386,
> minus the size of the task structure (around 1000). This means the stack is
> more than 3000 bytes larger than in 2.0.x where it used to be one page. My
> question is: do we really need this?

This is a _very_ good question, since it could save us one
unswappable page _per process_. This might not seem like
an awful lot of memory, but with the current fragmentation
problems this patch could save our butt...
(at least until the zone allocator is ready)

[snip measurements]
> that allocate a 2000 byte array on the stack. Does anyone else think it
> would be worthwhile to fix those and reduce the kernel stack size again?

Absolutely. Just think about someone running 60 processes
on a 4MB machine. This person is now wasting 60 * 4k =
240kB of _unswappable_ memory. That is 1/16th of total
memory, which can be very taxing on your router/mailserver.

> I have a patch that makes the stack size configurable (I've even tested it...)
> which I could provide if someone is interested.

I am _very_ interested. I'll put it on the Linux MM
(http://www.phys.uu.nl/~riel/mm-patch/) immediately!

Rik.
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