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SubjectRe: Memory pressure handling with iSCSI
On Tue, Jul 26, 2005 at 11:39:11AM -0700, Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-07-26 at 11:11 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Badari Pulavarty <pbadari@us.ibm.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > After KS & OLS discussions about memory pressure, I wanted to re-do
> > > iSCSI testing with "dd"s to see if we are throttling writes.
> > >
> > > I created 50 10-GB ext3 filesystems on iSCSI luns. Test is simple
> > > 50 dds (one per filesystem). System seems to throttle memory properly
> > > and making progress. (Machine doesn't respond very well for anything
> > > else, but my vmstat keeps running - 100% sys time).
> >
> > It's important to monitor /proc/meminfo too - the amount of dirty/writeback
> > pages, etc.
> >
> > btw, 100% system time is quite appalling. Are you sure vmstat is telling
> > the truth? If so, where's it all being spent?
> >
> >
>
> Well, profile doesn't show any time in "default_idle". So
> I believe, vmstat is telling the truth.

Badari,

You probably covered this, but just to make sure, if you're on a
pentium4 machine, I usually boot w/ "idle=poll" to see proper idle
reporting because otherwise the chip will throttle itself back and
idle time will be skewed -- at least on oprofile.

Sonny
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