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authorAndi Kleen <>2008-02-23 15:24:02 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <>2008-02-23 17:12:16 -0800
commit0835ab53eab5bbeebe1c135e92fb0c4d483dde17 (patch)
tree037ce3a4885d46cfba34a4265bead1d081d2814b /init/Kconfig
parent00d6296145c6b671a9886e380efc24f2731d856a (diff)
cgroup memory controller: document huge memory/cache overhead in Kconfig
Document huge memory/cache overhead of memory controller in Kconfig I was a little surprised that 2.6.25-rc* increased struct page for the memory controller. At least on many x86-64 machines it will not fit into a single cache line now anymore and also costs considerable amounts of RAM. At earlier review I remembered asking for a external data structure for this. It's also quite unobvious that a innocent looking Kconfig option with a single line Kconfig description has such a negative effect. This patch attempts to document these disadvantages at least so that users configuring their kernel can make a informed decision. Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <> Cc: Balbir Singh <> Acked-by: Paul Menage <> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <>
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diff --git a/init/Kconfig b/init/Kconfig
index dcef8b55011a..f698a5af5007 100644
--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -394,6 +394,14 @@ config CGROUP_MEM_CONT
Provides a memory controller that manages both page cache and
RSS memory.
+ Note that setting this option increases fixed memory overhead
+ associated with each page of memory in the system by 4/8 bytes
+ and also increases cache misses because struct page on many 64bit
+ systems will not fit into a single cache line anymore.
+ Only enable when you're ok with these trade offs and really
+ sure you need the memory controller.
bool "Include legacy /proc/<pid>/cpuset file"
depends on CPUSETS