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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/7] introduce memory hinting API for external process

On 05/20/2019 09:22 AM, Minchan Kim wrote:
> - Problem
> Naturally, cached apps were dominant consumers of memory on the system.
> However, they were not significant consumers of swap even though they are
> good candidate for swap. Under investigation, swapping out only begins
> once the low zone watermark is hit and kswapd wakes up, but the overall
> allocation rate in the system might trip lmkd thresholds and cause a cached
> process to be killed(we measured performance swapping out vs. zapping the
> memory by killing a process. Unsurprisingly, zapping is 10x times faster
> even though we use zram which is much faster than real storage) so kill
> from lmkd will often satisfy the high zone watermark, resulting in very
> few pages actually being moved to swap.

Getting killed by lmkd which is triggered by custom system memory allocation
parameters and hence not being able to swap out is a problem ? But is not the
problem created by lmkd itself.

Or Is the objective here is reduce the number of processes which get killed by
lmkd by triggering swapping for the unused memory (user hinted) sooner so that
they dont get picked by lmkd. Under utilization for zram hardware is a concern
here as well ?

Swapping out memory into zram wont increase the latency for a hot start ? Or
is it because as it will prevent a fresh cold start which anyway will be slower
than a slow hot start. Just being curious.

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