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Old 03-02-2010, 09:37 AM   #1
ilfantomas
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Memory Page Scanning and Reclaim/Memory Management


If I have a system that is spending an appreciable amount of time scanning and reclaiming pages in memory, rather than paging out, would I expect to see that time classified as user time(since the page scanner is just a process), system time(since it could be seen as the kernel just taking care of itself), or wait time(since processes may be delayed while this is all going on)?

Where would I see this activity entered if I was running vmstat while all of this was going on?

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Old 03-02-2010, 08:31 PM   #2
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Let me answer that obvious homework question in this way:

At any point in time, a computer system is doing one of three things:
  1. CPU work executing the code of a user process.
  2. CPU work not executing the code of a user process.
  3. Nothing.

Homework Question #4: Given the above explanation, how would the operating system classify... etc. ?

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