Re: [drbd?] Kernel panic - not syncing: Out of memory and nokillable processes...

From: Fengguang Wu
Date: Wed Jun 12 2013 - 06:11:52 EST

On Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 05:33:27PM +0200, Lars Ellenberg wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 at 10:31:54AM +0800, Fengguang Wu wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > My "kvm -m 256" reliably goes Out Of Memory after this commit. It may
> > not be the only one that eats up the memory, however I wonder how much
> > memory consumption this commit added? Thanks!
> >
> Out of curiosity, what exactly is it you are doing there?
> What project or appliance or behaviour or product or paper is the goal?

Philipp, this is the 0day kernel testing project from Intel OTC.

We are running regular build/boot tests for 300+ kernel git trees and
aim to find and report problems ASAP. We test 30000+ kernel boots
every day (mainly in KVM).

> We scale certain mempools and reserves with
> DRBD_MAX_BIO_SIZE/PAGE_SIZE * minor_count.
> DRBD_MAX_BIO_SIZE has been increased by this patch,
> resulting in more memory allocated to those reserved pools.
> Please just scale down the "minor_count" parameter.
> You can use the module parameter (e.g. modprobe drbd minor_count=8),
> or, compiled in, use the kernel command line parameter drbd.minor_count=8.
> Though "minor_count" at some point used to be the hard limit for the number of
> minor devices (allocation of an array of corresponding size), that has
> long since changed, and now it is really only used as scaling factor for
> these mempools.

Got it, thank you very much for the helpful tips and explanations!
I'll add the drbd.minor_count=8 option.

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