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SubjectRe: Linux 2.4.10-pre11


On Tue, 18 Sep 2001, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> On Mon, Sep 17, 2001 at 10:48:34PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > >
> > > Ok, the big thing here is continued merging, this time with Andrea.
> > >
> >
> > In one test here the VM changes seem fragile, and slower.
> >
> > Dual x86, 512 megs RAM, 512 megs swap. No highmem.
> >
> > The workload is:
> >
> > while true
> > do
> > /usr/src/ext3/tools/usemem 300
> > done
> >
> > (This just mallocs 300 megs, touches it then exits)
> >
> > in parallel with
> >
> > time /usr/src/ext3/tools/bash-shared-mapping -n 5 -t 3 foo 300000000
> >
> > on ext2.
> >
> > (bash-shared-mapping is a tool which I wrote for ext3. It's one of the
> > most aggressive VM/MM stress testers around, and has found a number of
> > kernel bugs).
> >
> > On 2.4.9-ac10, the b-s-m run took 294 seconds. On 2.4.10-pre11 it
> > took 330 seconds DESPITE the fact that one of the b-s-m instances
> > was oom-killed quite early in the test.
> >
> > `vmstat' took about thirty seconds to start (this is usual), but
> > was promptly killed, despite having (presumably) a small RSS. Instances
> > of `usemem' were oom-killed quite frequently. In 2.4.9-ac10, nothing
> > was oom-killed.
>
> should be the very same problem identified by Marcelo. I'm wondering why
> I didn't reproduced here during testing, 512mbytes is not highmem and my
> desktop has 512mbytes too and it didn't killed anything yet. As for the
> slowdown there are a few localized places to look at. but let's fix the
> oom first.

Try to run several memory hungry threads (thus hiding more pages).

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