Linux memory management at scale

As part of the my work on the cgroup2 project, I spend a lot of time talking with engineers about controlling resources across Linux systems. One thing that has become clearer and clearer to me through these conversations is that many engineers – and even senior SREs – have a number of common misconceptions about Linux memory management, and this may be causing the services and systems they support to not be able to run as reliably or efficiently as they could be.

As such, I wrote a talk which goes into some of these misconceptions, going into why things are more nuanced than they might seem when it comes to memory. I also go over how to compose more reliable and scalable systems using this new knowledge, talking about how we are managing systems within Facebook, and how you can apply this knowledge to improve your own systems.

I had the privilege to present this talk at SREcon, and hope you’ll find it useful. Please feel free to e-mail me with any questions or comments.

Key timestamps

I recommend watching the whole talk, since each section helps set up the next, but here are some key takeaways: