Oracle® Solaris 11.2 Tunable Parameters Reference Manual

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Updated: December 2014

Swapping-Related Parameters

Swapping in the Oracle Solaris OS is accomplished by the swapfs pseudo file system. The combination of space on swap devices and physical memory is treated as the pool of space available to support the system for maintaining backing store for anonymous memory. The system attempts to allocate space from disk devices first, and then uses physical memory as backing store. When swapfs is forced to use system memory for backing store, limits are enforced to ensure that the system does not deadlock because of excessive consumption by swapfs.