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balloon: try harder to balloon up under memory pressure.

Currently if the balloon driver is unable to increase the guest's
reservation it assumes the failure was due to reaching its full
allocation, gives up on the ballooning operation and records the limit
it reached as the "hard limit". The driver will not try again until
the target is set again (even to the same value).

However it is possible that ballooning has in fact failed due to
memory pressure in the host and therefore it is desirable to keep
attempting to reach the target in case memory becomes available. The
most likely scenario is that some guests are ballooning down while
others are ballooning up and therefore there is temporary memory
pressure while things stabilise. You would not expect a well behaved
toolstack to ask a domain to balloon to more than its allocation nor
would you expect it to deliberately over-commit memory by setting
balloon targets which exceed the total host memory.

This patch drops the concept of a hard limit and causes the balloon
driver to retry increasing the reservation on a timer in the same
manner as when decreasing the reservation.

Also if we partially succeed in increasing the reservation
(i.e. receive less pages than we asked for) then we may as well keep
those pages rather than returning them to Xen.

Signed-off-by: Ian Campbell <ian.campbell@citrix.com>
author Keir Fraser <keir.fraser@citrix.com>
date Fri Jun 05 14:01:20 2009 +0100 (2009-06-05)
parents 831230e53067
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1 driver/acpi/hotkey.c implement:
2 1. /proc/acpi/hotkey/event_config
3 (event based hotkey or event config interface):
4 a. add a event based hotkey(event) :
5 echo "0:bus::action:method:num:num" > event_config
7 b. delete a event based hotkey(event):
8 echo "1:::::num:num" > event_config
10 c. modify a event based hotkey(event):
11 echo "2:bus::action:method:num:num" > event_config
13 2. /proc/acpi/hotkey/poll_config
14 (polling based hotkey or event config interface):
15 a.add a polling based hotkey(event) :
16 echo "0:bus:method:action:method:num" > poll_config
17 this adding command will create a proc file
18 /proc/acpi/hotkey/method, which is used to get
19 result of polling.
21 b.delete a polling based hotkey(event):
22 echo "1:::::num" > event_config
24 c.modify a polling based hotkey(event):
25 echo "2:bus:method:action:method:num" > poll_config
27 3./proc/acpi/hotkey/action
28 (interface to call aml method associated with a
29 specific hotkey(event))
30 echo "event_num:event_type:event_argument" >
31 /proc/acpi/hotkey/action.
32 The result of the execution of this aml method is
33 attached to /proc/acpi/hotkey/poll_method, which is dynamically
34 created. Please use command "cat /proc/acpi/hotkey/polling_method"
35 to retrieve it.
37 Note: Use cmdline "acpi_generic_hotkey" to over-ride
38 platform-specific with generic driver.