Re: 2.4.23aa2 (bugfixes and important VM improvements for the highend)

From: Nick Piggin
Date: Mon Mar 08 2004 - 00:17:19 EST

Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

On Sun, Mar 07, 2004 at 09:29:37PM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:

Ingo Molnar wrote:

* Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@xxxxxxx> wrote:

[...] but I'm quite confortable to say that up to 16G (included) 4:4
is worthless unless you've to deal with the rmap waste IMHO. [...]

i've seen workloads on 8G RAM systems that easily filled up the ~800 MB
lowmem zone. (it had to do with many files and having them as a big
dentry cache, so yes, it's unfixable unless you start putting inodes
into highmem which is crazy. And yes, performance broke down unless most
of the dentries/inodes were cached in lowmem.)

If you still have any of these workloads around, they would be

I also have workloads that would die with 4:4 and rmap.

I don't doubt that, and of course no amount of tinkering with
reclaim will help where you are dying due to pinned lowmem.

Ingo's workload sounded like slab cache reclaim improvements in
recent mm kernels might possibly help. I was purely interested
in this for testing the reclaim changes.

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