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From: Balbir Singh <>
To: Jeff Davis <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] badness() dramatically overcounts memory
Date: Tue, 05 Feb 2008 09:43:54 +0530	[thread overview]
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Jeff Davis wrote:
> In oom_kill.c, one of the badness calculations is wildly inaccurate. If
> memory is shared among child processes, that same memory will be counted
> for each child, effectively multiplying the memory penalty by N, where N
> is the number of children.
> This makes it almost certain that the parent will always be chosen as
> the victim of the OOM killer (assuming any substantial amount memory
> shared among the children), even if the parent and children are well
> behaved and have a reasonable and unchanging VM size.
> Usually this does not actually alleviate the memory pressure because the
> truly bad process is completely unrelated; and the OOM killer must later
> kill the truly bad process.
> This trivial patch corrects the calculation so that it does not count a
> child's shared memory against the parent.

Hi, Jeff,

1. grep on the kernel source tells me that shared_vm is incremented only in
   vm_stat_account(), which is a NO-OP if CONFIG_PROC_FS is not defined.
2. How have you tested these patches? One way to do it would be to use the
   memory controller and set a small limit on the control group. A memory
   intensive application will soon see an OOM.

I do need to look at OOM kill sanity, my colleagues using the memory controller
have reported wrong actions taken by the OOM killer, but I am yet to analyze them.

The interesting thing is the use of total_vm and not the RSS which is used as
the basis by the OOM killer. I need to read/understand the code a bit more.

	Warm Regards,
	Balbir Singh
	Linux Technology Center

       reply	other threads:[~2008-02-05  4:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <>
2008-02-05  4:13 ` Balbir Singh [this message]
2008-02-05 23:02   ` Jeff Davis
2008-02-05 23:09     ` David Rientjes
2008-02-06  1:54       ` KOSAKI Motohiro
2008-02-06  2:05         ` David Rientjes
2008-02-06  4:00         ` Balbir Singh

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