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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v2 -mm] add extra free kbytes tunable
On 10/11/2011 04:54 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:23:22 -0400
> Satoru Moriya<> wrote:
>> 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.
> It's pretty darn obvious that the kernel can easily see the situation
> developing before it happens. By comparing a few integers.

The problem is that we may be dealing with bursts, not steady
states of allocations. Without knowing the size of a burst,
we have no idea when we should wake up kswapd to get enough
memory freed ahead of the application's allocations.

> Look, please don't go bending over backwards like this to defend a bad
> patch. It's a bad patch! It would be better not to have to merge it.
> Let's do something better.

I would love it if we could come up with something better,
and have thought about it a lot.

However, so far we do not seem to have an alternative yet :(

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