[CentOS] High memory needs
yinyang at eburg.com
Sat Sep 29 20:49:27 UTC 2012
On 09/27/2012 09:34 AM, Les Mikesell wrote:
> That's an interesting difference on its own, since the underlying
> files are about 95M and 54M respectively. Does the 32 bit kernel use
> some tricks to sparsely map files where the 64 bit one does it
> directly with page tables?
No, it's because glibc maps the whole file into memory on systems with
greater than 32 bit memory address sizes.
This blog discusses the topic briefly, but his description of
M_MMAP_THRESHOLD is a little off.
Anyway, with a 64 bit address space, there's no reason not to mmap the
entire file. On a smaller space, mapping the entire file could consume
some significant portion of the process' address space. It depends on
the size of that file, but let's say 5-10% on systems with a big
locale-archive file. That's a big cost for the feature. On a 64 bit
system, where address space is nearly unlimited, there's no reason to
avoid mapping the whole file. On BOTH systems, mapping the file alone
doesn't actually consume physical memory.
Anyone using VIRT to make decisions about resource utilization is
completely ignorant of its function.
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