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SubjectRe: Improving OOM killer
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On Wed, 2010-02-03 at 17:55 +0530, Balbir Singh wrote:
> * Lubos Lunak <l.lunak@suse.cz> [2010-02-03 13:10:27]:
>
> > On Wednesday 03 of February 2010, Balbir Singh wrote:
> > > * Lubos Lunak <l.lunak@suse.cz> [2010-02-01 23:02:37]:
> > > > In other words, use VmRSS for measuring memory usage instead of VmSize,
> > > > and remove child accumulating.
> > >
> > > I am not sure of the impact of changing to RSS, although I've
> > > personally believed that RSS based accounting is where we should go,
> > > but we need to consider the following
> > >
> > > 1. Total VM provides data about potentially swapped pages,
> >
> > Yes, I've already updated my proposal in another mail to switch from VmSize
> > to VmRSS+InSwap. I don't know how to find out the second item in code, but at
> > this point of discussion that's just details.
> >

We have swap count with mm-count-swap-usage.patch by Kame in mmtom.

> I am yet to catch up with the rest of the thread. Thanks for heads up.
>
> > > overcommit,
> >
> > I don't understand how this matters. Overcommit is memory for which address
> > space has been allocated but not actual memory, right? Then that's exactly
> > what I'm claiming is wrong and am trying to reverse. Currently OOM killer
> > takes this into account because it uses VmSize, but IMO it shouldn't - if a
> > process does malloc(400M) but then it uses only a tiny fraction of that, in
> > the case of memory shortage killing that process does not solve anything in
> > practice.
>
> We have a way of tracking commmitted address space, which is more
> sensible than just allocating memory and is used for tracking
> overcommit. I was suggesting that, that might be a better approach.

Yes. It does make sense. At least total_vm doesn't care about
MAP_NORESERVE case. But unfortunately, it's a per CPU not per Process.

>
> >
> > > etc.
> > > 2. RSS alone is not sufficient, RSS does not account for shared pages,
> > > so we ideally need something like PSS.
> >
> > Just to make sure I understand what you mean with "RSS does not account for
> > shared pages" - you say that if a page is shared by 4 processes, then when
> > calculating badness for them, only 1/4 of the page should be counted for
> > each? Yes, I suppose so, that makes sense.
>
> Yes, that is what I am speaking of

I agree. If we want to make RSS with base of badness, it's one of things
we have to solve.


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Kind regards,
Minchan Kim




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