ARCsize collapse w/o changes


Active Member
Aug 4, 2017

I have/had the Proxmox settings for ARCsize changed to 32G min and 64G max as I have 128GB ram on the system. Also, as visible in one of the screenshots, KSM is activated due to a similar VM used. This went all well until today when I noticed a huge performance hit. Then I realized the I/O delay spiking up to ~15%, which never happened in the past. Max was always 4.3-4.5%. Then I realized my whole ram usage was as low as never before with most production VM's running. So I thought the cache must have been gone and checked ARCstats. They showed that ARC collapsed from 62G to 68M. KSM is set to jump in at 35%.


This clearly explains the performance hit, but why does ARC collapse?


The only change in the system made was an update of libnns3 before the incident.

Start-Date: 2020-07-18 12:39:07
Commandline: apt upgrade
Upgrade: libnss3:amd64 (2:3.42.1-1+deb10u2, 2:3.42.1-1+deb10u3)

Another workload done was cloning one single VM between 13:25 and 14:55. That's all.

Any thoughts would be much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
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AFAIK, don't set the zfs_arc_min to anything lese than 4 GiB. Also KSM will merges any duplicate page, also does from the ARC.


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