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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] network memory allocator.
On Tue, Aug 15, 2006 at 07:05:07PM +0400, Evgeniy Polyakov (johnpol@2ka.mipt.ru) wrote:
> > > So network allocator reserves above megabyte and works with it in a
> > > smart way (without too much overhead).
> > > Then system goes into OOM and requires to swap a page, which
> > > notification was sent to remote swap storage.
> > > Swap storage then sends an ack for that data, since network allocations
> > > are separated from main system ones, network allocator easily gets 60
> > > (or 4k, since it has a reserve, which exeeds maximum allowed TCP memory
> > > limit) bytes for ack and process than notification thus "freeing" acked
> > > data and main system can work with that free memory.
> > > No need to detect OOM or something other - it just works.
> > >
> > > I expect you will give me an example, when all above megabyte is going
> > > to be stuck somewhere.
> > > But... If it is not acked, each new packet goes slow path since VJ header
> > > prediction fails and falls into memory limit check which will drop that
> > > packet immediately without event trying to select a socket.
>
> I mean without trying to queue data into socket.
>
> > Not sure on the details; but you say: when we reach the threshold all
> > following packets will be dropped. So if you provide enough memory to
> > exceed the limit, you have some extra. If you then use that extra bit to
> > allow ACKs to pass through, then you're set.
> >
> > Sounds good, but you'd have to carve a path for the ACKs, right? Or is
> > that already there?
>
> Acks with or without attached data are processed before data queueing.
> See tcp_rcv_established().

Just for clarification: we are talking about slow path above.

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Evgeniy Polyakov
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