|Dec 21, 2009, 12:13 AM||#3|
kernel_task isn't the kernel though.
kernel_task is OS X's "swapper" process, hence why it's process ID number (PID) is 0. It handles scheduling and memory for other processes. It's normal for it to suck up a good bit of RAM. Don't concern yourself too much with it, unless it starts using up a lot of CPU time as well.
Oh, and don't kill it. That causes bad things to happen (kernel panic)
|Dec 24, 2009, 11:17 PM||#5|
|Dec 25, 2009, 12:26 AM||#6|
Should I limit the number of applications I have open? In particular, this may be aggravated when I'm running Windows as a Virtual machine. Oddly enough it came up when I paused/suspended the virtual machine; less of a problem if I just leave it open in the background.
|Jan 20, 2010, 09:26 PM||#8|
A few weeks ago I started to get the kernel panic error. I still have it from time to time even after reinstallation of snow leopard. I started to think it has something to do with the "kernel_task".
I don't know if it is normal, but after a reboot the kernel_task take less than 100mb and after a while of working with some programs, it takes +/- 400mb. Even after closing all programs. I think the kernel panic appears when the kernel_task is taking lot of memory and with some heavy programs running like illustrator or flex builder for example.
Sometimes my free memory available also runs out (with some minor programs open), it didn't happen before.
I have a macbook 2.0 with 2Gb ram. Does anyone have a suggestion about this?
|Jun 29, 2010, 04:33 PM||#9|
Kernel Task Overload
|Jun 1, 2012, 06:17 AM||#10|
Dragging this thread up from the depths:
MBP in my signature - Kernel_task is taking up 400mb of real memory on one user account.
I created another just to see what would happen, and it doesn't even run on that account. I would switch over but I don't know how to move files across from one user account to another with ease.
The second user account is a lot faster, even when doing similar tasks (running Chrome, iTunes, Minecraft, Logic Pro occasionally) and it must be because it has that much more RAM available to it.
15" MacBook Pro 2011 w/optibay SSD
iPhone 5 16gb Black
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