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SubjectRe: OOM killer not nearly agressive enough?
On Thu, Jan 9, 2020 at 2:49 PM Pavel Machek <pavel@ucw.cz> wrote:
>
> Hi!
>
> > > > > Do we agree that OOM killer should have reacted way sooner?
> > > >
> > > > This is impossible to answer without knowing what was going on at the
> > > > time. Was the system threshing over page cache/swap? In other words, is
> > > > the system completely out of memory or refaulting the working set all
> > > > the time because it doesn't fit into memory?
> > >
> > > Swap was full, so "completely out of memory", I guess. Chromium does
> > > that fairly often :-(.
> >
> > The oom heuristic is based on the reclaim failure. If the reclaim makes
> > some progress then the oom killer is not hit. Have a look at
> > should_reclaim_retry for more details.
>
> Thanks for pointer.
>
> I guess setting MAX_RECLAIM_RETRIES to 1 is not something you'd
> recommend? :-).
>
> > > PSI is completely different system, but I guess
> > > I should attempt to tweak the existing one first...
> >
> > PSI is measuring the cost of the allocation (among other things) and
> > that can give you some idea on how much time is spent to get memory.
> > Userspace can implement a policy based on that and act. The kernel oom
> > killer is the last resort when there is really no memory to
> > allocate.
>
> So what I'm seeing is system that is unresponsive, easily for an hour.
>
> Sometimes, I'm able to log in. When I could do that, system was
> absurdly slow, like ps printing at more than 10 seconds per line.
> ps on my system takes 300msec, estimate in the slow case would be 2000
> seconds, that is slowdown by factor of 6000x. That would be X terminal
> opening in like two hours... that's not really usable.
>
> DRAM is in 100nsec range, disk is in 10msec range; so worst case
> slowdown is somewhere in 100000x range. (Actually, in the worst case
> userland will do no progress at all, since you can need at 4+ pages in
> single CPU instruction, right?)
>
> But kernel is happy; system is unusable and will stay unusable for
> hour or more, and there's not much user can do. (Besides sysrq, thanks
> for the hint).
>
> Can we do better? This is equivalent of system crash, and it is _way_
> too easy to trigger. Should we do better by default?
>
> Dunno. If user moved the mouse, and cursor did not move for 10
> seconds, perhaps it is time for oom kill?
>
> Or should I add more swap? Is it terrible to place swap on SSD?
>

What's the kernel version? How much memory is anon and file pages?
What's your swap to DRAM ratio? Are you using in-memory compression
based swap? Have you tried to disable swap completely?

Shakeel

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