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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/07][RFC] i386: NUMA emulation
On Mon, 3 Oct 2005, Martin J. Bligh wrote:

> --David Lang <david.lang@digitalinsight.com> wrote (on Monday, October 03, 2005 08:13:09 -0700):
>
>> On Mon, 3 Oct 2005, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
>>
>>> --David Lang <david.lang@digitalinsight.com> wrote (on Monday, October 03, 2005 08:03:44 -0700):
>>>
>>>> On Mon, 3 Oct 2005, Martin J. Bligh wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> But that's not the same at all! ;-) PAE memory is the same speed as
>>>>> the other stuff. You just have a 3rd level of pagetables for everything.
>>>>> One could (correctly) argue it made *all* memory slower, but it does so
>>>>> in a uniform fashion.
>>>>
>>>> is it? I've seen during the memory self-test at boot that machines slow down noticably as they pass the 4G mark.
>>>
>>> Not noticed that, and I can't see why it should be the case in general,
>>> though I suppose some machines might be odd. Got any numbers?
>>
>> just the fact that the system boot memory test takes 3-4 times as long with 8G or ram then with 4G of ram. I then boot a 64 bit kernel on the system and never use PAE mode again :-)
>>
>> if you can point me at a utility that will test the speed of the memory in different chunks I'll do some testing on the Opteron systems I have available. unfortunantly I don't have any Xeon systems to test this on.
>
> Mmm. 64-bit uniproc systems, with > 4GB of RAM, running a 32 bit kernel
> don't really strike me as a huge market segment ;-)

true, but there are a lot of 32-bit uniproc systems sold by Intel that
have (or can have) more then 4G of ram. These are the machines I was
thinking of.

David Lang

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