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Date:	Tue, 21 Aug 2007 09:42:01 +0200
From:	Pavel Machek <>
To:	Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc:	"Ed L. Cashin" <>,
	kernel list <>,,
	Netdev list <>
Subject: Re: ATA over ethernet swapping


> > But I'm able to compile kernel (-j 10) on 128MB machine, and I tried
> > cat /dev/zero | grep foo to exhaust memory... and could not reproduce
> > the deadlock. Should I pingflood? Tweak down ammount of atomic memory
> > avaialable to make deadlocks easier to reproduce?
> I usually test swap over NFS in the following manner, I setup a regular
> inet service on the machine (apache or a bunch of ncat sockets piping to
> files or something) and run a heavy workload on the machine (128M):
> 2*64M file backed thrashers and 2*64M anonymous thrashers. Then I start
> clients for the regular inet service, wait for a bit, and shut down the
> NFS server.
> This makes the machine grind to a halt, I then restart the NFS server,
> wait for it to reconnect and the client to come alive again.
> Without the last few swap-over-NFS patches this last bit - getting back
> out of that situation - never happens.
> The basic idea is to make connectivity to the machine where swap traffic
> goes very hard (pull a cable, cleanly shut down the server) and to keep
> other network traffic pounding the machine.

Hmm, I could not get swap-over-ata-over-ethernet to break. Maybe I
should not have local / filesystem, because it allows kernel to get
rid of some memory pressure by dropping clean pages? Plus I guess
ata-over-ethernet has some significant advantages, as it works over
ethernet directly, not over IP.

(cesky, pictures)
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