Sony Proposes A New Soft Watchdog For Linux

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 24 April 2021 at 07:11 AM EDT. 42 Comments
Sony Linux engineer Peter Enderborg has proposed a soft watchdog for the Linux kernel to carry out pre-defined tasks in certain situations but not being like hardware watchdogs that would reboot the system if a problem crops up.

This proposed "softwatchdog" would carry out tasks besides a hard reboot. such as taking pre-defined action if the system is running slow or on low memory situations.

This soft watchdog could be integrated with various low-memory / out-of-memory daemons for helping take action on memory hungry / low priority applications when such conditions appear. This soft watchdog can also work standalone to take action itself in out-of-memory situations to kill processes. Other policies could also be created.

The soft watchdog proposal sent out today is a "request for comments" so we'll see at this point where the work leads. For Sony's part in this appears to be motivated for Android/embedded use-cases.

This soft watchdog proposal can be found on the kernel mailing list.
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