Re: Kernel cached memory

From: Bill Davidsen
Date: Mon Jul 25 2005 - 11:45:04 EST

Gábor Lénárt wrote:
On Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 05:46:58PM +0800, Ashley wrote:

I've a server with 2 Operton 64bit CPU and 12G memory, and this server is used to run applications which will comsume huge memory,
the problem is: when this aplications exits, the free memory of the server is still very low(accroding to the output of "top"), and
from the output of command "free", I can see that many GB memory was cached by kernel. Does anyone know how to free the kernel cached
memory? thanks in advance.

It's a very - very - very old and bad logic (at least nowdays) from the
stone age to free up memory.

It's very Microsoft to claim that the OS always knows best, and not let the user tune the system the way they want it tuned. And if that means to leave a bunch of free memory for absolute fastest availability, the admin should have that option.

Memory is for using ... If you have memory why
don't you want to use? For an actively used system, memory should be used as
much as possible to maximize the performance. The only problem when kernel
does not want to "give back" used memory for eg caching for an application
though but it's another problem ...

No, that's the problem he's trying to address.

Anyway, want to have 'free memory' is a thing like having dozens of cars
in your garage which don't want to be used ...

Which wait to be used when needed, rather than after someone cleans a bunch of old junk out of them and scurries around the garage looking for the right car to let you use.

Just because default operation works well for you, kindly don't try to convice us that there are no cases when the default operation is NOT optimal. And IMHO Linux is *way* too willing to evicy clean pages of my programs to use as disk buffer, so that when system memory is full I pay the overhead of TWO disk i/o's, one to finally write the data to the disk and one to read my program back in. If free software is about choice, I wish there was more in the area of how memory is used.

-bill davidsen (davidsen@xxxxxxx)
"The secret to procrastination is to put things off until the
last possible moment - but no longer" -me
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