RE: 2.6.10-rc3: kswapd eats CPU on start of memory-eating task

From: Zou, Nanhai
Date: Mon Dec 20 2004 - 04:26:29 EST

> However, based on this and other scattered reports, I'd say it seems
> quite likely that token based thrashing control is the culprit. Based
> on the cost/benefit, I wonder if we should disable TBTC by default for
> 2.6.10, rather than trying to fix it, and try again for 2.6.11?
> Rik? Andrew?
> Also, it would be nice to have a sysctl to *completely* disable TBTC,
> that would make testing easier.
> Nick

I have run some stress tests against 2.6.9,
2.6.9 + ignore-swap-token-when-in-trouble.patch
and 2.6.10-rc3-mm1 on an Itanium2 with 4G memory.

With 2.6.9
OOM killer will be invoked within a few hours of stress test running.

With 2.6.9 + vmscan-ignore-swap-token-when-in-trouble.patch
OOM killer will be invoked around 30 hours.

While 2.6.10-rc3-mm1 seems to be much more stable.
At least for the test I was running, it bypassed 48 hours test.

Zou Nan hai
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