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SubjectRe: i686 SMP systems with more then 12 GB ram with 2.4.x kernel ?
On Sat, 29 Dec 2001, M. Edward (Ed) Borasky wrote:

> On Sat, 29 Dec 2001, Alan Cox wrote:
>
> > Because much of the memory cannot be used for kernel objects there
> > is an imbalance in available resources and its very hard to balance
> > them sanely. I'm not sure how many 8Gb+ machines Andrea has handy
> > to tune the VM on either.
>
> Along those lines -- I have in front of me the source to
> "/linux/mm/page_alloc.c" (2.4.17 kernel) which reads (partially)

[snip]


> Could someone with a big box and a benchmark that drives it out of
> free memory please try commenting out the "else if" clause and see if
> it makes a difference? I tried this on my puny 512 MB Athlon and
> verified that the right values were there with "sysrq", but I don't
> have anything bigger to try it on and I don't have a benchmark to test
> it with either.

And here it is as a patch against 2.4.17:

diff -ur linux/mm/page_alloc.c linux-2.4.17znmeb/mm/page_alloc.c
--- linux/mm/page_alloc.c Mon Nov 19 16:35:40 2001
+++ linux-2.4.17znmeb/mm/page_alloc.c Sat Dec 29 16:04:25 2001
@@ -718,8 +718,13 @@
mask = (realsize / zone_balance_ratio[j]);
if (mask < zone_balance_min[j])
mask = zone_balance_min[j];
+ /* else if clause commented out for testing
+ * M. Edward Borasky, Borasky Research
+ * 2001-12-29
+ *
else if (mask > zone_balance_max[j])
mask = zone_balance_max[j];
+ */
zone->pages_min = mask;
zone->pages_low = mask*2;
zone->pages_high = mask*3;

Apologies if pine with vim as the editor messes this puppy up :-).
--
M. Edward Borasky

znmeb@borasky-research.net
http://www.borasky-research.net

I brought my inner child to "Take Your Child To Work Day."

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