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From: "Chris Friesen" <cfriesen@nortel.com>
To: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com>,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/8] Allow huge page allocations to use GFP_HIGH_MOVABLE
Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2007 15:37:03 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45BA747F.8040005@nortel.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.4.64.0701262038120.23091@skynet.skynet.ie>

Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Fri, 26 Jan 2007, Chris Friesen wrote:

>> We currently see this issue on our systems, as we have older e1000 
>> hardware with 9KB jumbo frames.  After a while we just fail to 
>> allocate buffers and the system goes belly-up.

> Can you describe a reliable way of triggering this problem? At best, I 
> hear "on our undescribed workload, we sometimes see this problem" but 
> not much in the way of details.

I work on embedded server applications.  One of our blades is a 
dual-Xeon with 8GB of RAM and 6 e1000 cards.  The hardware is 32-bit 
only, so we're using the i386 kernel with HIGHMEM64G enabled.

This blade acts essentially as storage for other blades in the shelf. 
Basically all disk and network I/O.  After being up for a month or two 
it starts getting e1000 allocation failures.  In some of the cases at 
least it appears that the page cache has hundreds of megs of freeable 
memory, but it can't get at that memory to fulfill an atomic allocation.

I should point out that we haven't yet tried tuning 
/proc/sys/vm/min_free_kbytes.  The default value on this system is 3831.

Chris


  reply	other threads:[~2007-01-26 21:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 53+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-25 23:44 [PATCH 0/8] Create ZONE_MOVABLE to partition memory between movable and non-movable pages Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:45 ` [PATCH 1/8] Add __GFP_MOVABLE for callers to flag allocations that may be migrated Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 12:27   ` Nick Piggin
2007-01-26 13:25     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:45 ` [PATCH 2/8] Create the ZONE_MOVABLE zone Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 16:28   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 16:49     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-29 17:28     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:16   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:24     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:25       ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:38         ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-29 17:31     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:45 ` [PATCH 3/8] Allow huge page allocations to use GFP_HIGH_MOVABLE Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 16:33   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 16:58     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:04       ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:20         ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:22           ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:37             ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:45               ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:53                 ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 18:20                   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 20:37                     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 18:35                   ` Chris Friesen
2007-01-26 20:44                     ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 21:37                       ` Chris Friesen [this message]
2007-01-25 23:46 ` [PATCH 4/8] x86 - Specify amount of kernel memory at boot time Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:46 ` [PATCH 5/8] ppc and powerpc " Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:46 ` [PATCH 6/8] x86_64 " Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:47 ` [PATCH 7/8] ia64 " Mel Gorman
2007-01-25 23:47 ` [PATCH 8/8] Add documentation for additional boot parameter and sysctl Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 11:07 ` [PATCH 0/8] Create ZONE_MOVABLE to partition memory between movable and non-movable pages Andrew Morton
2007-01-26 14:29   ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 16:01     ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 15:56   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 19:46     ` Andrew Morton
2007-01-26 19:58       ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 20:27         ` Andrew Morton
2007-01-29 21:54           ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-29 22:36             ` Andrew Morton
2007-01-29 22:45               ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-29 22:50                 ` Russell King
2007-01-29 23:37                   ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-30  0:09                     ` Andrew Morton
2007-01-30  9:53                       ` Peter Zijlstra
2007-02-02  5:27                         ` Christoph Lameter
2007-02-02  5:22                       ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 16:21 ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 16:48   ` Mel Gorman
2007-01-26 17:02     ` Christoph Lameter
2007-01-26 17:20       ` Mel Gorman
2007-03-01 10:08 [PATCH 0/8] Create optional ZONE_MOVABLE to partition memory between movable and non-movable pages v2 Mel Gorman
2007-03-01 10:09 ` [PATCH 3/8] Allow huge page allocations to use GFP_HIGH_MOVABLE Mel Gorman

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