Bug 60030

Summary: /proc doesn't scale.
Product: [Retired] Red Hat Linux Reporter: Ed McKenzie <eem12>
Component: kernelAssignee: Arjan van de Ven <arjanv>
Status: CLOSED WONTFIX QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Version: 7.2   
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Hardware: i386   
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Description Ed McKenzie 2002-02-19 06:34:07 UTC
Under high load, top/ps spend excessive time in the kernel, and cease to 
function in a useful way.  On UP, they simply don't work at all beyond a 
certain point; on SMP, you can see why.  See attachment.

Comment 1 Ed McKenzie 2002-02-19 06:36:56 UTC
Created attachment 45941 [details]
top output

Comment 2 Arjan van de Ven 2002-02-19 08:56:51 UTC
Known issue; top asks the kernel to calculate how much memory there is shared
between processes; that's a rather expensive calculation if you have lots of
processes with shared components...

Comment 3 Ed McKenzie 2002-02-19 13:27:36 UTC
Might the rmap patches speed things up at all?

Comment 4 Arjan van de Ven 2002-02-19 13:44:10 UTC
Doesn't help too much unfortionatly. top still asks it per process...
sort of the same amount of work that way.