[Beowulf] size of swap partition
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Mon Jun 9 21:58:12 PDT 2008
> We have the potential to have to swap whole jobs out of memory on a complete
that was our intent as well. among other things, this scheme enables
running the cluster "split-personality" - mostly shorter/smaller even
interactive jobs during the day, with big/long jobs running at night.
unfortunately, you need a smart scheduler to do this, and ours is dumb.
>> beleive, it is 2 or more GB per core; we have 16 GB per dual-socket
>> quad-core Opteron node). What is typical modern swap size today?
are you willing to use a node which is actually occupying 16 GB of swap?
it is possible to tune how the kernel responds to memory crunches -
for instance, you can always avoid OOM with the vm.overcommit_memory=2
sysctl (you'll need to tune vm.overcommit_ratio and the amount of swap
to get the desired limits.) in this mode, the kernel tracks how much VM
it actually needs (worst-case, reflected in Committed_AS in /proc/meminfo)
and compares that to a commit limit that reflects ram and swap.
if you don't use overcommit_memory=2, you are basically borrowing VM
space in hopes of not needing it. that can still be reasonable, considering
how often processes have a lot of shared VM, and how many processes
allocate but never touch lots of pages. but you have to ask yourself:
would I like a system that was actually _using_ 16 GB of swap? if you
have 16x disks, perhaps, but 16G will suck if you only have 1 disk.
at least for overcommit_memory != 2, I don't see the point of configuring
a lot of swap, since the only time you'd use it is if you were thrashing.
sort of a "quality of life" argument.
>> But what are the reccomendations of modern praxis ?
it depends a lot on the size variance of your jobs, as well as
their real/virtual ratio. the kernel only enforces RLIMIT_AS
(vsz in ps),assuming a 2.6 kernel - I forget whether 2.4 did
RLIMIT_RSS or not.
if you use overcommit_memory=2, your desired max VM size determines
the amount of swap. otherwise, go with something modest - memory size
or so. but given that the smallest reasonable single disk these days
is probably about 320GB, it's hard to justify being _too_ tight.
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