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    SubjectRe: x86, ARM, PARISC, PPC, MIPS and Sparc folks please run this
    Larry McVoy wrote:
    > I'm a little concerned I have the wrong test, why would a 2.1Ghz Athlon
    > say it is too slow?

    It's the right test. "too slow" means that where shared memory is
    mapped at a certain separation, alternating accesses between the
    different virtual addresses are much slower (10-20 times) than if the
    underlying mapped memory is not shared.

    All Athlons show this slowdown for any virtual address separation
    which is not a multiple of 32k. No Intels do, with the possible
    exception of a P4 which showed inconsistent results and needs further
    investigation.

    Your freebsds don't what CPU they are, but let me guess..

    freebsd isn't an AMD
    freebsd3 and freebsd4 are both AMD K6, and freebsd3 is the faster

    -- Jamie

    > ==== freebsd ====
    > (512) [32,32,1] Test separation: 4096 bytes: pass
    ...
    > FreeBSD freebsd.bitmover.com 2.2.8-RELEASE FreeBSD 2.2.8-RELEASE #0: Mon Nov 30 06:34:08 GMT 1998 jkh@time.cdrom.com:/usr/src/sys/compile/GENERIC i386

    > ==== freebsd3 ====
    > (64) [33,3,1] Test separation: 4096 bytes: FAIL - too slow
    > (64) [33,3,1] Test separation: 8192 bytes: FAIL - too slow
    > (512) [19,26,1] Test separation: 16384 bytes: pass
    > VM page alias coherency test: minimum fast spacing: 16384 (4 pages)
    >
    > FreeBSD freebsd3.bitmover.com 3.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 3.2-RELEASE #0: Fri Jun 2 11:34:52 PDT 2000 root@freebsd3.bitmover.com:/usr/src/sys/compile/DAVICOM i386
    >
    > ==== freebsd4 ====
    > (256) [92,26,5] Test separation: 4096 bytes: FAIL - too slow
    > (256) [92,26,5] Test separation: 8192 bytes: FAIL - too slow
    > (1024) [75,101,5] Test separation: 16384 bytes: pass
    > VM page alias coherency test: minimum fast spacing: 16384 (4 pages)
    >
    > FreeBSD freebsd4.bitmover.com 4.1-RELEASE FreeBSD 4.1-RELEASE #0: Fri Jul 28 14:30:31 GMT 2000 jkh@ref4.freebsd.org:/usr/src/sys/compile/GENERIC i386
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