Re: [CFT][PATCH *] faster cache reclaim

From: Robert Love (
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 18:29:13 EST

On Mon, 2001-10-08 at 19:38, Rik van Riel wrote:

> This patch is meant to fix the problems where heavy cache
> activity flushes out pages from the working set, while still
> allowing the cache to put some pressure on the working set.

Running 2.4.10-ac10 + preempt-kernel + eatcache

System with 3 runnable processes and 2 with large working sets. 384MB
RAM, 768MB swap. During heavy I/O the resulting cache activity did
"stall" the system as badly as without the patch.

I typically notice high system response time at the start of a heavy I/O
operation when the used memory is primarily taken by cache (ie after a
previous heavy I/O operation). This was an issue for me because I don't
expect that sort of high latency with the preemption patch.

For example, starting a `dbench 16' would sometimes cause a brief stall
(especially if it is the second run of dbench). It's better now, but
still not perfect. The VM holds a lot of locks for a long time.

Good work. I hope Alan sees it soon.

        Robert Love

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