Quota Preservation

Nobody III hungryninja101 at ...9...
Wed Feb 14 08:36:53 CET 2018

I sent this last year, but nobody responded, and I still need an answer.

The RAM preservation feature in init is very nice; I used to have issues
with init running out of memory. However, the RAM reservation applies after
first reserving the RAM for all of the child processes based on their quotas.
That may be fine in most cases, but it doesn't work properly when you give
a child process a huge RAM quota to ensure that it gets all of the
available RAM. In that situation, the RAM preservation happens after all of
the available RAM has been reserved for the child processes, leaving no RAM
available for init to preserve for itself. Something needs to change here.

Changing the ordering is the simplest solution, but there may be a better
solution. When we reserve all the remaining RAM for a particular process,
we supply a huge RAM quota that is much larger than the process actually
needs. It seems that the solution would be to split the quota numbers into
a minimum (amount *reserved*) and a maximum (amount *available*). It would
work very nicely for standard desktop workloads, especially when web
browsers are involved. For example, I'd like to ensure that chromium has
access to up to 2G of RAM, if it is available, but I don't want to reserve
2G of RAM specifically for chromium.

Would this solution work well? Or is there something that I'm missing here?
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