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SubjectRe: speeding up swapoff
On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 09:29:32 -0400
Daniel Drake <ddrake@brontes3d.com> wrote:


Hi,

> I've spent some time trying to understand why swapoff is such a slow
> operation.
>
> My experiments show that when there is not much free physical memory,
> swapoff moves pages out of swap at a rate of approximately 5mb/sec.

sounds like about disk speed (at random-seek IO pattern)


> I'm happy to spend a few more hours looking into implementing this but
> would greatly appreciate any advice from those in-the-know on if my
> ideas are broken to start with...

before you go there... is this a "real life" problem? Or just a
mostly-artificial corner case? (the answer to that obviously is
relevant for the 'should we really care' question)

Another question, if this is during system shutdown, maybe that's a
valid case for flushing most of the pagecache first (from userspace)
since most of what's there won't be used again anyway. If that's enough
to make this go faster...

A third question, have you investigated what happens if a process gets
killed that has pages in swap; as long as we don't page those in but
just forget about them, that would solve the shutdown problem nicely
(since we kill stuff first anyway there)

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