Re: [RFC][PATCH 0/8] Critical Page Pool

From: Matthew Dobson
Date: Mon Nov 21 2005 - 00:53:29 EST

Keith Owens wrote:
> On Fri, 18 Nov 2005 11:32:57 -0800,
> Matthew Dobson <colpatch@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>We have a clustering product that needs to be able to guarantee that the
>>networking system won't stop functioning in the case of OOM/low memory
>>condition. The current mempool system is inadequate because to keep the
>>whole networking stack functioning, we need more than 1 or 2 slab caches to
>>be guaranteed. We need to guarantee that any request made with a specific
>>flag will succeed, assuming of course that you've made your "critical page
>>pool" big enough.
>>The following patch series implements such a critical page pool. It
>>creates 2 userspace triggers:
>>/proc/sys/vm/critical_pages: write the number of pages you want to reserve
>>for the critical pool into this file
>>/proc/sys/vm/in_emergency: write a non-zero value to tell the kernel that
>>the system is in an emergency state and authorize the kernel to dip into
>>the critical pool to satisfy critical allocations.
> FWIW, the Kernel Debugger (KDB) has similar problems where the system
> is dying because of lack of memory but KDB must call some functions
> that use kmalloc. A related problem is that sometimes KDB is invoked
> from a non maskable interrupt, so I could not even trust the state of
> the spinlocks and the chains in the slab code.
> I worked around the problem by adding a last ditch allocator. Extract
> from the kdb patch.

Ahh... very interesting. And dissapointingly much smaller than mine. :(

Thanks for the patch and the feedback!

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