Re: [RFC/T/D][PATCH 2/2] Linux/Guest cooperative unmapped pagecache control

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Mon Jun 14 2010 - 11:33:37 EST

On Mon, 2010-06-14 at 16:01 +0300, Avi Kivity wrote:
> If we drop unmapped pagecache pages, we need to be sure they can be
> backed by the host, and that depends on the amount of sharing.

You also have to set up the host up properly, and continue to maintain
it in a way that finds and eliminates duplicates.

I saw some benchmarks where KSM was doing great, finding lots of
duplicate pages. Then, the host filled up, and guests started
reclaiming. As memory pressure got worse, so did KSM's ability to find

At the same time, I see what you're trying to do with this. It really
can be an alternative to ballooning if we do it right, since ballooning
would probably evict similar pages. Although it would only work in idle
guests, what about a knob that the host can turn to just get the guest
to start running reclaim?

-- Dave

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