Re: [RFC] Generic deferred file writing

From: Eric W. Biederman (
Date: Sat Dec 30 2000 - 19:26:58 EST

Linus Torvalds <> writes:

> On 30 Dec 2000, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> >
> > One other thing to think about for the VFS/MM layer is limiting the
> > total number of dirty pages in the system (to what disk pressure shows
> > the disk can handle), to keep system performance smooth when swapping.
> This is a separate issue, and I think that it is most closely tied in to
> the "RSS limit" kind of patches because of the memory mapping issues. If
> you've seen the RSS rlimit patch (it's been posted a few times this week),
> then you could think of that modified by a "Resident writable pages Set
> Size" approach.

Building on the RSS limit approach sounds much simpler then they way
I was thinking.

> Not just for shared mappings - this is also an issue with
> limiting swapout.
> (I actually don't think that RSS is all that interesting, it's really the
> "potentially dirty RSS" that counts for VM behaviour - everything else can
> be dropped easily enough)


Now the only tricky bit is how do we sense when we are overloading
the swap disks. Well that is the next step. I'll take a look
and see what it takes to keep statistics on dirty mapped pages.

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