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SubjectRe: Swap vs No Swap.
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On Thursday 22 November 2001 1:53 am, war wrote:
> I do not understand something.
>
> How can having swap speed ANYTHING up?

By providing ADDITIONAL storage. Yes, it's slower than RAM - but it's faster
than not having the storage at all.

> RAM = 1000MB/s.
> DISK = 10MB/s
>
> Ram is generally 1000x faster than a hard disk.
>
> No swap = fastest possible solution.

BS. You don't use swap INSTEAD of RAM, but AS WELL AS. Moving less frequently
used data to swap allows you to put more frequently used data in RAM, which
DOES speed things up. (At least, it does if the VM system works properly :P)

By your logic, we should switch off the system RAM, too: after all, L2 cache
is much faster again, so using RAM can only slow things down?


James.
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