Avoiding Potential Problems - Memory Limits on the Intel(r) Xeon Phi(tm) Coprocessor


As with any Linux* system, the operating system on the coprocessor will sometimes allow you to allocate more memory space than is physically available. On many systems this is taken care of by swapping some pages of memory out to disk. On those systems, if the amount of physical memory plus the amount of swap space is exceeded, the operating system will begin killing off jobs. 

The situation on the Intel Xeon Phi coprocessor is complicated by the lack of directly attached disks. So:

Optimizing Software Applications for NUMA: Part 5 (of 7)

3.2. Data Placement Using Implicit Memory Allocation Policies

In the simple case, many operating systems transparently provide support for NUMA-friendly data placement. When a single-threaded application allocates memory, the processor will simply assign memory pages to the physical memory associated with the requesting thread’s node (CPU package), thus insuring that it is local to the thread and access performance is optimal.

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