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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 menu "Kernel hacking"
3 source "lib/Kconfig.debug"
5 config FULLDEBUG
6 bool "Full Symbolic/Source Debugging support"
7 help
8 Enable debuging symbols on kernel build.
10 config HIGHPROFILE
11 bool "Use fast second timer for profiling"
12 depends on COLDFIRE
13 help
14 Use a fast secondary clock to produce profiling information.
16 config BOOTPARAM
17 bool 'Compiled-in Kernel Boot Parameter'
19 config BOOTPARAM_STRING
20 string 'Kernel Boot Parameter'
21 default 'console=ttyS0,19200'
22 depends on BOOTPARAM
24 config DUMPTOFLASH
25 bool "Panic/Dump to FLASH"
26 depends on COLDFIRE
27 help
28 Dump any panic of trap output into a flash memory segment
29 for later analysis.
31 config NO_KERNEL_MSG
32 bool "Suppress Kernel BUG Messages"
33 help
34 Do not output any debug BUG messages within the kernel.
36 config BDM_DISABLE
37 bool "Disable BDM signals"
38 depends on (EXPERIMENTAL && COLDFIRE)
39 help
40 Disable the ColdFire CPU's BDM signals.
42 endmenu