Understanding VPS Memory

We’ve been really trying to get a handle on some memory issues on our VPS.
Made some progress, but there is something I don’t understand related to the free command.

So, running free -m, under total I’ll see 5690. Which is how much we have allocated and pay for.
However, periodically that number changes, for example right now I see 7112 and I’ve even seen higher.
The number seems to jump after the server runs out of memory and does a restart, but I’m not 100% sure.

So why would that number increase - especially if we aren’t paying for extra RAM? Or does Dreamhost just compensate if we are under allocated and adjust the bills accordingly?

Thanks in advance for any information.

Historically, DreamHost have charged for reserved RAM and CPU. If a process requires extra memory or cycles and the system has free resources available then spare resources may be allocated from time to time – but you only pay for your reserved allocation.

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