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SubjectRE: [PATCH -v2 -mm] add extra free kbytes tunable
On 10/11/2011 03:55 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Oct 2011 15:32:11 -0400
> Satoru Moriya <> wrote:
>> On 10/10/2011 06:37 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
>>> On Fri, 7 Oct 2011 20:08:19 -0700 (PDT) David Rientjes
>>> <> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, 1 Sep 2011, Rik van Riel wrote:
>> Actually page allocator decreases min watermark to 3/4 * min
>> watermark for rt-task. But in our case some applications create a lot
>> of processes and if all of them are rt-task, the amount of watermark
>> bonus(1/4 * min watermark) is not enough.
>> If we can tune the amount of bonus, it may be fine. But that is
>> almost all same as extra free kbytes.
> This situation is detectable at runtime. If realtime tasks are being
> stalled in the page allocator then start to increase the free-page
> reserves. A little control system.

Detecting at runtime is too late for some latency critical systems.
At that system, we must avoid a stall before it happens.

Also, if we increase the free-page reserves a.k.a min_free_kbytes,
the possibility of direct reclaim on other workloads increases.
I think it's a bad side effect.


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