Re: [PATCH] oom-kill: add lowmem usage aware oom kill handling

From: Minchan Kim
Date: Thu Jan 21 2010 - 10:19:14 EST

Hi, Kame.

On Thu, 2010-01-21 at 14:59 +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> A patch for avoiding oom-serial-killer at lowmem shortage.
> Patch is onto mmotm-2010/01/15 (depends on mm-count-lowmem-rss.patch)
> Tested on x86-64/SMP + debug module(to allocated lowmem), works well.
> ==
> From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> One cause of OOM-Killer is memory shortage in lower zones.
> (If memory is enough, lowmem_reserve_ratio works well. but..)
> In lowmem-shortage oom-kill, oom-killer choses a vicitim process
> on their vm size. But this kills a process which has lowmem memory
> only if it's lucky. At last, there will be an oom-serial-killer.
> Now, we have per-mm lowmem usage counter. We can make use of it
> to select a good? victim.
> This patch does
> - add CONSTRAINT_LOWMEM to oom's constraint type.
> - pass constraint to __badness()
> - change calculation based on constraint. If CONSTRAINT_LOWMEM,
> use low_rss instead of vmsize.

As far as low memory, it would be better to consider lowmem counter.
But as you know, {vmsize VS rss} is debatable topic.
Maybe someone doesn't like this idea.

So don't we need any test result at least?
If we don't have this patch, it happens several innocent process
killing. but we can't prevent it by this patch.

Sorry for bothering you.

Kind regards,
Minchan Kim

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