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

From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
Date: Thu Jan 21 2010 - 18:57:48 EST

On Thu, 21 Jan 2010 20:59:48 +0530
Balbir Singh <balbir@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Thursday 21 January 2010 11:29 AM, 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.
> Have you seen any use cases that need this change? Or is it mostly via
> code review and to utilize the availability of lowmem rss? Do we often
> run into lowmem shortage triggering OOM?
- I saw lowmem OOM killer very frequently on x86-32 box in my cusotmers.
- I saw lowmem OOM killer somemtimes on ia64 box in my customers.

I know this helps oom handling in x86-32+Highmem environments.

For my _new_ customers, almost all devices are connected to 64bit PCI bus.
So, this is not for my customers ;) But OOM-Killer should handle this case.


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