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SubjectRe: Let's talk about the elephant in the room - the Linux kernel's inability to gracefully handle low memory pressure
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On 09/08/2019 09:57, Michal Hocko wrote:
> This is a useful feedback! What was your workload? Which kernel version?

With 16GB zram swap and swappiness=60 I get the avg10 memory PSI numbers
of about 10 when swap is half filled and ~30 immediately before the
freeze. Swapping with zram has less effect on system responsiveness
comparing to swapping to an ssd, so, if combined with the proposed PSI
triggered OOM killer, this could be a viable solution.

Still, using swap only to make PSI sensing work when triggering OOM
killer at non-zero available memory would do the job just as well is a
bit of an overkill. I don't really need these extra few GB or memory,
just want to get rid of system freezes. Perhaps we could have both
heuristics.

Best regards,

ndrw


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