Memory usage regression

Jason Evans jasone at
Sun Nov 4 21:17:32 PST 2012

On Nov 1, 2012, at 12:23 PM, Jason Evans wrote:
> On Oct 31, 2012, at 12:00 AM, Mike Hommey wrote:
>> It's unfortunately only slightly better.
> Thanks for testing it.  Too bad it didn't help.
> I spent some time yesterday thinking about the clean vs. dirty run fragmentation problem yesterday and came to realize that up to now all of the dirty page purging strategies jemalloc has employed have been about limiting RSS, with only indirect regard for VM size.  I developed a patch that actually tracks the amount of clean/dirty run fragmentation, but I'm still working out how to act on the information.

I finally managed to experiment a bit with the aforementioned patch, and it looks reasonably good (chunk fragmentation is *way* down).  I'm seeing a higher soft page fault rate with this patch in place, but the patch and the control appear to be converging as the experiments run, so the fragmentation reduction may have some positive performance effects that mitigate the cost of extra purging.


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