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SubjectRe: [RFC 1/3] /dev/low_mem_notify
On 01/17/2012 01:51 PM, Pekka Enberg wrote:
> Hello,
> Ok, so here's a proof of concept patch that implements sample-base
> per-process free threshold VM event watching using perf-like syscall
> ABI. I'd really like to see something like this that's much more
> extensible and clean than the /dev based ABIs that people have proposed
> so far.

Looks like a nice extensible interface to me.

The only thing is, I expect we will not want to wake
up processes most of the time, when there is no memory
pressure, because that would just waste battery power
and/or cpu time that could be used for something else.

The desire to avoid such wakeups makes it harder to
wake up processes at arbitrary points set by the API.

Another issue is that we might be running two programs
on the system, each with a different threshold for
"lets free some of my cache". Say one program sets
the threshold at 20% free/cache memory, the other
program at 10%.

We could end up with the first process continually
throwing away its caches, while the second process
never gives its unused memory back to the kernel.

I am not sure what the right thing to do would be...

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