Ask stupid questions and you'll get a stupid answers, was: Technological advantages over Linux

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Mon Jul 27 03:33:31 UTC 2020

On 7/26/20 9:52 PM, Victor Sudakov wrote:
> Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
>> On Sun, 26 Jul 2020 10:39:16 -0500
>> Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at> wrote:
>>> My understanding of Linux OOM killer lies along same lines though my
>>> understanding is much more simplified: kill minimal number of processes
>>> to recover maximum amount of resources.
>> 	Not always the right thing to do though.
>>> Another speculative way to say
>>> it would be: process owning maximum amount of RAM that keeps allocating
>>> more RAM is first candidate.
>> 	What a pity if that is the heavy weight analytic program that has a
>> run time of several hours/days and is the only thing that matters running
>> on the system.
> If such a program's data is valuable at all, it should save provisional
> results from time to time to a non-volatile storage.

Yes, That was what I said too.I even used standard word for this: 
checkpointing. Like in number crunching where you just restart your job 
from last checkpoint. Did my message not go through to the mail list?


> Even office
> editors and spreadsheets save their data periodically.

Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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