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SubjectRe: VM Report was:Re: Break 2.4 VM in five easy steps
At 12:29 am +0100 8/6/2001, Shane Nay wrote:
>(VM report at Marcelo Tosatti's request. He has mentioned that rather than
>complaining about the VM that people mention what there experiences were. I
>have tried to do so in the way that he asked.)

>> By performance you mean interactivity or throughput?
>
>Interactivity. I don't have any throughput needs to speak of.
>
>I just ran a barage of tests on my machine, and the smallest it would ever
>make the cache was 16M, it would prefer to kill processes rather than make
>the cache smaller than that.

http://www.chromatix.uklinux.net/linux-patches/vm-update-2.patch

Try this. I can't guarantee it's SMP-safe yet (I'm leaving the gurus to
that, but they haven't told me about any errors in the past hour so I'm
assuming they aren't going to find anything glaringly wrong...), but you
might like to see if your performance improves with it. It also fixes the
OOM-killer bug, which you refer to above.

Some measurements, from my own box (1GHz Athlon, 256Mb RAM):

For the following benchmarks, physical memory availability was reduced
according to the parameter in the left column. The benchmark is the
wall-clock time taken to compile MySQL.

mem= 2.4.5 earlier tweaks now
48M 8m30s 6m30s 5m58s
32M unknown 2h15m 12m34s

The following was performed with all 256Mb RAM available. This is
compilation of MySQL using make -j 15.

kernel: 2.4.5 now
time: 6m30s 6m15s
peak swap: 190M 70M

For the following test, the 256Mb swap partition on my IDE drive was
disabled and replaced with a 1Gb swapfile on my Ultra160 SCSI drive. This
is compilation of MySQL using make -j 20.

kernel: 2.4.5 now
time: 7m20s 6m30s
peak swap: 370M 254M

Draw your own conclusions. :)

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