Bug 618444 - disable transparent hugepages by default on small systems
Summary: disable transparent hugepages by default on small systems
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: kernel
Version: 6.0
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Rik van Riel
QA Contact: Zhouping Liu
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-07-26 23:04 UTC by Qian Cai
Modified: 2014-01-13 00:00 UTC (History)
2 users (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2010-11-11 16:09:06 UTC
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Description Qian Cai 2010-07-26 23:04:17 UTC
Description of problem:
From: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
On small systems, the extra memory used by the anti-fragmentation
memory reserve and simply because huge pages are smaller than large
pages can easily outweigh the benefits of less TLB misses.

In case of the crashdump kernel, OOMs have been observed due to
the anti-fragmentation memory reserve taking up a large fraction
of the crashdump image.

This patch disables transparent hugepages on systems with less
than 1GB of RAM, but the hugepage subsystem is fully initialized
so administrators can enable THP through /sys if desired.

Comment 2 Aristeu Rozanski 2010-07-28 17:53:01 UTC
Patch(es) available on kernel-2.6.32-54.el6

Comment 6 releng-rhel@redhat.com 2010-11-11 16:09:06 UTC
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 is now available and should resolve
the problem described in this bug report. This report is therefore being closed
with a resolution of CURRENTRELEASE. You may reopen this bug report if the
solution does not work for you.

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