Re: kswapd high CPU usage with no swap

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 22:35:48 EST

On Tue, 25 Sep 2007 02:13:42 +0200
Jan KundrÃt <jkt@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Hi folks,
> I use a 2.6.22-gentoo-r2 SMP kernel with fglrx 8.40.4 [1],
> tp_smapi-0.32 and ipw3945-1.2.0 on a Thinkpad T60 with dual core
> Intel Core CPU. My root filesystem is XFS stored on an internal SATA
> disk, and I have 1GB of RAM and no swap.
> After several suspend to RAM/resume cycles, the X interface got pretty
> slow today. Looking at the top output, I see that one core was
> completely busy in the "wa" state and according to `ps auxww`, the
> kswapd0 process was in uninterruptable deep sleep.
> I don't use any swap because my applications rarely need more memory
> than I have in my system and using 1GB of swap yielded poor
> performance when it was actually accessed. I know I can tweak VM's
> preferences, but I simply don't feel the need to use swap when I have
> "plenty" of memory.

How much memory did you have in "cached" when you looked
with top (and no swap enabled) ?

If the amount of "cached" memory is very low, it could mean
that your shared libraries are being pushed out of memory,
instead of the kernel swapping out some page that belongs to
only one process.

As for kswapd getting into uninterruptible sleep state, it
will do that all by itself sometimes, without even having
any disk IO going on... that code looks a little suspect,
I will look into it.

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Therefore, if you write the code as cleverly as possible, you are,
by definition, not smart enough to debug it." - Brian W. Kernighan
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