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SubjectRe: [patch] swap-speedup-2.4.3-B3 (fwd)
On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Rik van Riel wrote:

> On Thu, 26 Apr 2001, Mike Galbraith wrote:
>
> > 1. pagecache is becoming swapcache and must be aged before anything is
> > done. Meanwhile we're calling refill_inactive_scan() so fast that noone
> > has a chance to touch a page. Age becomes a simple counter.. I think.
> > When you hit a big surge, swap pages are at the back of all lists, so all
> > of your valuable cache gets reclaimed before we write even one swap page.
>
> Does the patch I sent to linux-mm@kvack.org last night help in
> this ?
>
> I found that the way refill_inactive_scan() and swap_out() are being
> called from the main loop in refill_inactive() aren't equal and have
> fixed that in a way which (IMHO) also beautifies the code a bit.
>
> (and makes sure background aging doesn't get out of hand with a few
> simple checks)

That patch livelocked my box with only ~1000 pages on any list.

I can go back and test some more if you want. (I've seen this so
many times here that I generally just curse a lot [frustration] and
burn the whole tree to it's roots as soon as it shows up)

SysRq: Show Memory
Mem-info:
Free pages: 1404kB ( 0kB HighMem)
( Active: 975, inactive_dirty: 28, inactive_clean: 0, free: 351 (351 702 1053) )
0*4kB 0*8kB 0*16kB 0*32kB 0*64kB 0*128kB 0*256kB 1*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB = 512kB)
1*4kB 5*8kB 1*16kB 0*32kB 1*64kB 0*128kB 1*256kB 1*512kB 0*1024kB 0*2048kB = 892kB)
= 0kB)
Swap cache: add 72, delete 63, find 17/67
Free swap: 264864kB
32752 pages of RAM
0 pages of HIGHMEM
1183 reserved pages
27657 pages shared
9 pages swap cached
0 pages in page table cache
Buffer memory: 112kB

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