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SubjectRe: Value of TASK_UNMAPPED_SIZE on 2.4
All,

Additional follow up.

The idea of modifying this variable is to increase the amount of memory that a
process can use. A database like Oracle can benefit from this because it allows
Oracle to create a bigger data buffer.

An obvious side effect of allocating more physical memory to a process is that there
is less available for other things like the kernel buffer cache. This brings up a
question. Would a write of a data block from the Oracle data buffer incur a "read
penalty" if the block is not in the buffer cache?

For example, a data block is read by Oracle into its buffer. Since it is read
through the file system, this block is now present in the buffer cache too. After a
while, and since we have allocated most of the memory to Oracle, that block is
removed/replaced from the cache.

Now a transaction modifies that block in Oracle's buffer and Oracle writes it to
disk. Does the kernel firsts reads that block into the buffer cache, "read
penalty", and then writes it to disk? Or does it just write through the buffer cache
now placing the block in the kernel buffer cache?

Regards,

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