Setting the vm.swappiness Linux Kernel Parameter
The Linux kernel parameter,
vm.swappiness, is a value from 0-100 that
controls the swapping of application data (as anonymous pages) from physical memory to virtual
memory on disk. You can set the value of the
vm.swappiness parameter for
The higher the parameter value, the more aggressively inactive processes are swapped out from physical memory. The lower the value, the less they are swapped, forcing filesystem buffers to be emptied.
On most systems,
vm.swappiness is set to 60 by default. This is not
suitable for Hadoop clusters because processes are sometimes swapped even when enough memory
is available. This can cause lengthy garbage collection pauses for important system daemons,
affecting stability and performance.
Cloudera recommends that you set
vm.swappiness to a value between 1 and 10,
preferably 1, for minimum swapping on systems where the RHEL kernel is 2.6.32-642.el6
sudo sysctl -w vm.swappiness=1