Subject: Re: NKMEMCLUSTERS?
To: Sean Sweda <email@example.com>
From: Jason Thorpe <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 02/21/1998 11:48:52
On Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:20:58 -0500
Sean Sweda <email@example.com> wrote:
> I tried to increase the size of the buffer cache, using the following
> kernel config options:
> options NBUF=512
> options BUFPAGES=512
> So instead of getting 204 pages using 835584 bytes, I should get
> 512 pages using 2097152 bytes. However, from what I can tell, this
> does not work properly. I've traced the "problem" to this line of
> code in /usr/src/sys/arch/mac68k/mac68k/machdep.c:
> if (bufpages == 0)
> if (physmem < btoc(2 * 1024 * 1024))
> bufpages = physmem / 10 / CLSIZE;
> bufpages = (btoc(2 * 1024 * 1024) + physmem) / 20 / CLSIZE;
> bufpages = min(NKMEMCLUSTERS * 2 / 5, bufpages);
Ack! This code is incorrect! NKMEMCLUSTERS should not change the
configuration of the buffer cache!
I discussed this problem w/ Ignatios Souvatzis when he was working on
fixing a panic on the Amiga port when the buffer cache was large. The
problem that the above code is attempting to solve is that you run out
of kernel PT pages when you have to map a large buffer cache. The correct
solution is to allocate more kernel PT pages when you have a larger
buffer cache, not to limit it by a constant that has nothing to do with
the buffer cache at all.
> What is this NKMEMCLUSTERS constant? Where does it get set? Why does
> it override the BUFPAGES option?
> here is the brief description in the options man page:
> options NKMEMCLUSTERS=value
> number of slots in the kernel submap "kmem_map". [Better description,
> please? Chris CGD had some comments that I didn't understand.] Default is
> <look this up>. Increase this value if you get "out of space in
> kmem_map" panics.
> So, what's going on here?
> - ---
> Sean Sweda
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