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SubjectRe: OOM Killer don't works at all if the system have >gigabytes memory (was Re: [PATCH] mm: check zone->all_unreclaimable in all_unreclaimable())
On Fri, 13 May 2011, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:

> > > Yes, I'm sure we'll still have additional discussion when KOSAKI-san
> > > replies to my review of his patchset, so this quick patch was written only
> > > for CAI's testing at this point.
> > >
> > > In reference to the above, I think that giving root processes a 3% bonus
> > > at all times may be a bit aggressive. As mentioned before, I don't think
> > > that all root processes using 4% of memory and the remainder of system
> > > threads are using 1% should all be considered equal. At the same time, I
> > > do not believe that two threads using 50% of memory should be considered
> > > equal if one is root and one is not. So my idea was to discount 1% for
> > > every 30% of memory that a root process uses rather than a strict 3%.
> > >
> > > That change can be debated and I think we'll probably settle on something
> > > more aggressive like 1% for every 10% of memory used since oom scores are
> > > only useful in comparison to other oom scores: in the above scenario where
> > > there are two threads, one by root and one not by root, using 50% of
> > > memory each, I think it would be legitimate to give the root task a 5%
> > > bonus so that it would only be selected if no other threads used more than
> > > 44% of memory (even though the root thread is truly using 50%).
> > >
> > > This is a heuristic within the oom killer badness scoring that can always
> > > be debated back and forth, but I think a 1% bonus for root processes for
> > > every 10% of memory used is plausible.
> > >
> > > Comments?
> >
> > Yes. Tend to agree.
> > Apparently, absolute 3% bonus is a problem in CAI's case.
> >
> > Your approach which makes bonus with function of rss is consistent
> > with current OOM heuristic.
> > So In consistency POV, I like it as it could help deterministic OOM policy.
> >
> > About 30% or 10% things, I think it's hard to define a ideal magic
> > value for handling for whole workloads.
> > It would be very arguable. So we might need some standard method to
> > measure it/or redhat/suse peoples. Anyway, I don't want to argue it
> > until we get a number.
>
> I have small comments. 1) typical system have some small size system daemon
> 2) David's points -= 100 * (points / 3000); line doesn't make any bonus if
> points is less than 3000.

With the 1% bonus per 10% memory consumption, it would be

points -= 100 * (points / 1000);

instead. So, yes, this wouldn't give any bonus for root tasks that use
10% of allowed memory or less.

> Zero root bonus is really desired? It may lead to
> kill system daemon at first issue.

I would think of it this way: if a root task is using 9% of available
memory and that happens to be the largest consumer of memory, then it
makes sense to kill it instead of killing other smaller non-root tasks.
The 3% bonus would have killed the task if all other threads are using 6%
or less, this just allows them to use 2% more memory now.

On the other hand, if a root task is using 50% of available memory, then a
45% non-root task would be sacrificed instead.

Perhaps we need to be more aggressive and give more of a bonus to root
tasks?


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