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From Jose Raul Perez Rodriguez <>
Subject Re: cache OS memory and spark usage of it
Date Wed, 11 Apr 2018 06:57:43 GMT
it was helpful,

Then, the OS needs to fill some pressure from the applications 
requesting memory to free some memory cache?

Exactly under which circumstances the OS free that memory to give it to 
applications requesting it?

I mean if the total memory is 16GB and 10GB are used for OS cache, how 
the JVM can obtain memory from that.


On 11/04/18 01:36, yncxcw wrote:
> hi, Raúl
> First, the most of the OS memory cache is used by  Page Cache
> <>   which OS use for caching the
> recent read/write I/O.
> I think the understanding of OS memory cache should be discussed in two
> different perspectives. From a perspective of
> user-space (e.g, Spark application), it is not used, since the Spark is not
> allocating memory from this part of memory.
> However, from a perspective of OS, it is actually used, because the memory
> pages are already allocated for caching the
> I/O pages. For each I/O request, the OS always allocate memory pages to
> cache it to expect these cached I/O pages can be reused in near future.
> Recall, you use vim/emacs to open a large file. It is pretty slow when you
> open it at the first time. But it will be much faster when you close it and
> open it immediately because the file has been cached in file cache at the
> first time you open it.
> It is hard for Spark to use this part of memory. Because this part of the
> memory is managed by OS and is transparent to applications.  The only thing
> you can do is that you can continuously allocate memory from OS (by
> malloc()), to some certain points which the OS senses some memory pressure,
> the OS will voluntarily release the page cache to satisfy your memory
> allocation. Another thing is that the memory limit of Spark is limited by
> maximum JVM heap size. So your memory request from your Spark application is
> actually handled by JVM not the OS.
> Hope this answer can help you!
> Wei
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