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SubjectRe: OOM killer???
one of the key places where the memory is 'allocated' but not used is in
the copy on write conditions (fork, clone, etc) most of the time very
little of the 'duplicate' memory is ever changed (in fact most of the time
the program that forks then executes some other program) on a lot of
production boxes this would be a _very_ significant additional overhead in
memory (think a busy apache server, it forks a bunch of processes, but
currently most of that memory is COW and never actually needs to be
duplicated)

David Lang


On Thu, 29 Mar
2001, David Konerding wrote:

> Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 07:41:44 -0800
> From: David Konerding <dek_ml@konerding.com>
> To: Guest section DW <dwguest@win.tue.nl>
> Cc: Dr. Michael Weller <eowmob@exp-math.uni-essen.de>,
> Andreas Dilger <adilger@turbolinux.com>,
> Szabolcs Szakacsits <szaka@f-secure.com>,
> Martin Dalecki <dalecki@evision-ventures.com>,
> Ingo Oeser <ingo.oeser@informatik.tu-chemnitz.de>,
> Jonathan Morton <chromi@cyberspace.org>,
> Rogier Wolff <R.E.Wolff@bitwizard.nl>, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: OOM killer???
>
> I would tend to agree, I'm not a fan of the OOM killer's behavior. The OOM is forced
> because of the policy of overcommitting of memory. The reason for that policy is
> based on an observation:
> many programs allocate far more memory than they ever use, and most people don't want
> their program to crash just because it malloc()s memory it isn't going to use.
> Having to activate the pages for memory that never gets used feels wasteful to some
> people. On the other hand, having my two-week-running scientific app killed because
> it did a whole bunch of disk reads that fill up 600MB of my 768MB RAM, then tried to
> allocate a whole bunch more memory (that it *will* use) is obviously a fault of the
> OOM killer policy. At the very least the entire disk cache, or a goodly portion of
> it, should be drained before ever invoking the OOM. I'm more than glad to pay the
> performance hit of no disk buffers for the privilege of having my job finish.
>
> Now, if you're going to implement OOM, when it is absolutely necessary, at the very
> least, move the policy implementation out of the kernel. One of the general
> philosophies of Linux has been to move policy out of the kernel. In this case, you'd
> just have a root owned process with locked pages that can't be pre-empted, which
> implemented the policy. You'll never come up with an OOM policy that will fit
> everybody's needs unless it can be tuned for particular system's usage, and it's
> going to be far easier to come up with that policy if it's not in the kernel.
>
>
>
> Guest section DW wrote:
>
>
> > Two things are wrong.
>
> > 1. Linux has an OOM killer.
> > 2. The OOM killer has a bad behaviour.
> >
> > Presently, with the proper kind of load, one can see a process killed
> > by OOM almost daily. That is totally unacceptable.
> > People are working on refining the algorithm so that blatant idiocies
> > where processes are killed while there is plenty of resources
> > are avoided. Good. Suppose it done. Then one thing is wrong.
> >
> > 1. Linux has an OOM killer.
> >
> > A system with an OOM killer is unreliable. Linux must have a reliable
> > mode of operation, and that must be the default mode.
> >
> > Now you assume that adding SIGDANGER would make people happy.
> > But it would be a rather unimportant addition.
> > It might help in some cases, but it falls in the category
> > of improving the OOM killer a little.
> >
> > People will be happy when Linux is reliable by default.
> >
> > Andries
> >
> > [Never use planes where the company's engineers spend their
> > time designing algorithms for selecting which passenger
> > must be thrown out when the plane is overloaded.]
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