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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.1-ac7
On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > > On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > >
> > > > This change makes my box swap madly under load.
> > >
> > > Swapped out pages were not being counted in the flushing limitation.
> > >
> > > Could you try the following patch?
> >
> > Marcelo's patch should do the trick wrt. to making page_launder()
> > well-behaved again. It should fix the problems some people have
> > seen with bursty swap behaviour.
> It's still reluctant to shrink cache. I'm hitting I/O saturation
> at 20 jobs vs 30 with ac5. (difference seems to be the delta in
> space taken by cache.. ~same space shows as additional swap volume).

Indeed, to "fix" that we'll need to work at refill_inactive().

However, I am very much against tuning the VM for one particular
workload. If you can show me that this problem also happens under
other workloads we can work at changing it, but I don't think it's
right to optimise the VM for a specific workload...


Linux MM bugzilla:

Virtual memory is like a game you can't win;
However, without VM there's truly nothing to lose...

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