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SubjectRe: swapping and the value of /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
On Wed, Sep 15, 2004 at 08:53:21AM +1000, Con Kolivas wrote:
> Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> >On Tue, Sep 14, 2004 at 11:31:53AM -0700, Florin Andrei wrote:
> >
> >>On Mon, 2004-09-06 at 16:27, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >>
> >>>Con Kolivas <kernel@kolivas.org> wrote:
> >>
> >>>>The change was not deliberate but there have been some other people
> >>>>report significant changes in the swappiness behaviour as well (see
> >>>>archives). It has usually been of the increased swapping variety
> >>>>lately. It has been annoying enough to the bleeding edge desktop users
> >>>>for a swag of out-of-tree hacks to start appearing (like mine).
> >>>
> >>>All of which is largely wasted effort.
> >>
> >>>From a highly-theoretical, ivory-tower perspective, maybe; i am not the
> >>one to pass judgement.
> >>>From a realistic, "fix it 'cause it's performing worse than MSDOS
> >>without a disk cache" perspective, definitely not true.
> >>
> >>I've found a situation where the vanilla kernel has a behaviour that
> >>makes no sense:
> >>
> >>http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=109237941331221&w=2
> >>http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=109237959719868&w=2
> >>http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=109238126314192&w=2
> >>
> >>A patch by Con Kolivas fixed it:
> >>
> >>http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=109410526607990&w=2
> >>
> >>I cannot offer more details, i have no time for experiments, i just need
> >>a system that works. The vanilla kernel does not.
> >
> >
> >Have you tried to decrease the value of /proc/sys/vm/swappiness
> >to say 30 and see what you get?
> >
> >Andrew's point is that we should identify the problem - Con's patch
> >rewrites swapping policy.
>
> I already answered this. That hard swappiness patch does not really
> rewrite swapping policy. It identifies exactly what has changed because
> it does not count "distress in the swap tendency". Therefore if the
> swappiness value is the same, the mapped ratio is the same (in the
> workload) yet the vm is swappinig more, it is getting into more
> "distress". The mapped ratio is the same but the "distress" is for some
> reason much higher in later kernels, meaning the priority of our
> scanning is getting more and more intense. This should help direct your
> searches.

> These are the relevant lines of code _from mainline_:
>
> distress = 100 >> zone->prev_priority
> mapped_ratio = (sc->nr_mapped * 100) / total_memory;
> swap_tendency = mapped_ratio / 2 + distress + vm_swappiness
> if (swap_tendency >= 100)
> - reclaim_mapped = 1;
>
>
> That hard swappiness patch effectively made "distress == 0" always.

OK.

So isnt it true that decreasing vm_swappiness should compensate
distress and have the same effect of your patch?

To be fair I'm just arguing, haven't really looked at the code.



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