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balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited: balance dirty memory state

NAME

balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited - balance dirty memory state

SYNOPSIS

void balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited(struct address_space mapping);

ARGUMENTS

mapping

address_space which was dirtied

DESCRIPTION

Processes which are dirtying memory should call in here once for each page which was newly dirtied. The function will periodically check the system's dirty state and will initiate writeback if needed.

On really big machines, get_writeback_state is expensive, so try to avoid calling it too often (ratelimiting). But once we're over the dirty memory limit we decrease the ratelimiting by a lot, to prevent individual processes from overshooting the limit by (ratelimit_pages) each.

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