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SubjectRe: Overcommitable memory??
On Mon, 20 Mar 2000, David Whysong wrote:
>On Mon, 20 Mar 2000, James Sutherland wrote:
>>On Mon, 20 Mar 2000 05:39:48 -0600, you wrote:
>>>On Sun, 19 Mar 2000, David Whysong wrote:
>>Just send SIGTERM. This gives them an opportunity to exit gracefully.
>>If they ignore it, SIGKILL them.
>>>>Once we are OOM, you can't give user-space any choices.
>>>YOU ARN'T OOM - a specific user is out of resources, not a catastrophic
>A user being out of (memory) resources shares many of the same problems of
>a system that is OOM. You still need to kill one or more user processes,
>and you can't give the user the choice, because the user might decide to
>keep on running.

The user process (one of them) has been aborted. As long as the user
remains below the limit, the user can keep on running.

>>SOMETHING (the user, the process, the system, the cluster, whatever)
>>is out of resources, so something has to give. Which unit has run out
>>of resources doesn't matter - the issue is how we handle running out
>>of resources in some category.
>>>>I don't like resource limits. Using resource limits is similar to not
>>>>having memory overcommit -- you waste a lot of system resources "just in
>>>>case", the kernel needs to do a lot more accounting, and it's just
>>>>horribly inefficient.
>>>Resource limits CAN prevent the OOM condition if
>>> 1. the sum of all concurrent users is <= total resources
>>> 2. users are not allowed to exceed their quota
>>That's an extremely restrictive approach, but appropriate in some
>>cases. We need those resource limits - but what's this got to do with
>Preventing system OOM using resource limits is equivalent to disabling
>overcommit. You have to restrict each of N users to 1/N of the total
>system memory.

NO. Different users can have different limits. The total of the concurrent
users must not exceed the amount of the resources. If it is decided to do
so then you are overcommiting the resource, which may be valid in many
cases (single user workstations are one, but there you may not want to
enable quotas anyway).

1/N is the worst way to set quotas. It is one way to divide a users
quota over his process group, but I'm not exactly in favor of that either.

1. Determine how large the individual processes have to be to work. Use
the worst case processes.
2. Determine how many users use the worst case process at the same time.
3. Determine how many users can run at the same time.

This cycle is done repeatedly to identify time intervals, attended vs
unattended operation. Then a proposed scheduling policy that allows
the best mix of operations that is acceptable to the user community.

This may call for running large processes at night - with few interactive
users. It may allow for many interactive users during the day, but none
of them may be able to run the worst case process then (it may take the
entire system for the process + its parent shell and the rest of the
system processes. NO OTHER USERS.

What ever is finally decided by the the users and management. It should
not be dictated by the OS.
Jesse I Pollard, II

Any opinions expressed are solely my own.

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