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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
On Wed 21-08-19 22:42:29, James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Aug 2019 at 07:47, Daniel Drake <drake@endlessm.com> wrote:
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > And if there is a meaningful way to make the kernel behave better, that would
> > obviously be of huge value too.
> >
> > Thanks
> > Daniel
>
> Hi,
>
> Is there a way for an application to be told that there is a memory
> pressure situation?

PSI (CONFIG_PSI) measures global as well as per memcg pressure characteristics.

[...]

> I have also found, for the desktop, one of the biggest pressures on
> the system is disk pressure. Accessing the disk causes the UI to be
> less responsive.
> For example, if I am in vim, and trying to type letters on the
> keyboard, whether some other application is using the disk or not
> should have no impact on my letter writing. Has anyone got any ideas
> with regards to what we can do about that?

This is what we have the page cache for.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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