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> What problem did you see that you traced to LowFree?

I have set this device as a bridge. Higher latency and low throughput seem
to be related to LowFree. There are also packet drops at the interface
when LowFree is too low.

I have another device which has 4G RAM split into 900M LowMem and
the rest as HighMem. In that case also, LowMem goes to a low level, say 8M
and although HighMem has ~2G free, the system gives OOPS (related to
page_alloc failures)
when acting as a bridge (passing packets).




On Wed, Sep 2, 2009 at 3:22 PM, Bill Davidsen<davidsen@tmr.com> wrote:
> Adayadil Thomas wrote:
>>
>> Greetings.
>>
>> I am running a centos linux with 2.6.20 version kernel. The system has
>> 1G of RAM.
>>
>> As time goes by the LowFree becomes really low. Right now it shows
>> 137M .. but it goes as low as 8M or so
>>
>> The command -
>> echo 3 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
>> brings back the LowFree to way up high.
>>
>> The question I have is whether the system by itself release the cache
>> (drop cache) automatically
>> to maintain a reasonable LowFree?
>> Is this configurable?
>>
> You can change the parameters in /rpoc/sys/vm if you wish, but what makes
> you think this is needed? Cache is dropped as memory is needed, and
> drop_cache in general is a good way to slow the system.
>
>> Any information or help is much appreciated.
>>
> What problem did you see that you traced to LowFree?
>
>>
>> cat /proc/meminfo
>> MemTotal:      1034788 kB
>> MemFree:        138240 kB
>> Buffers:         99260 kB
>> Cached:         177776 kB
>> SwapCached:      51740 kB
>> Active:         605172 kB
>> Inactive:       113572 kB
>> HighTotal:      130720 kB
>> HighFree:          252 kB
>> LowTotal:       904068 kB
>> LowFree:        137988 kB
>> SwapTotal:     1048568 kB
>> SwapFree:       976332 kB
>> Dirty:             380 kB
>> Writeback:           0 kB
>> AnonPages:      441348 kB
>> Mapped:          15540 kB
>> Slab:           146088 kB
>> SReclaimable:   104288 kB
>> SUnreclaim:      41800 kB
>> PageTables:       1596 kB
>> NFS_Unstable:        0 kB
>> Bounce:              0 kB
>> CommitLimit:   1565960 kB
>> Committed_AS:   590576 kB
>> VmallocTotal:   114680 kB
>> VmallocUsed:     15052 kB
>> VmallocChunk:    99348 kB
>
>
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