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Subject2.6.0-test9 - poor swap performance on low end machines
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Hi,

I have been testing the 2.6.0-test9 kernel on a couple of desktop machines.
On the first, a 1.8GHz Pentium 4 uniprocessor with 512MHz of RAM, it seems to
perform fine, and on various compilation tests, compile times for the test
programs I have compiled are pretty much the same as those obtained with a
stock 2.4.22 kernel, and the 2.6 kernel seems to be slightly more responsive
on the desktop. Nothing I use it for knocks it substantially into swap.

However, on a low end machine (200MHz Pentium MMX uniprocessor with only 32MB
of RAM and 70MB of swap) I get poor performance once extensive use is made of
the swap space. On a test compile of a C++ program involving quite a lot of
templates and therefore which is quite memory intensive, it chugs along with
the stock 2.4.22 kernel and completes the compile in about 10 minutes going
(at its worst) into about 34MB of swap. However, doing the same compile on
the 2.6.0-test9 kernel, it reaches about 22MB into swap and then goes into
some kind of swap frenzy, continuously swaping and unswapping. Even after
leaving it for an hour it continuously swaps and unswaps and fails to compile
even the first file (which takes about 2 minutes using the 2.4.22 kernel) and
sticks at about 24MB of swap. The kernel is compiled with gcc-2.95.3.

Chris.

PS Please copy any replies to my e-mail address.

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