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SubjectRe: 2.6.0-test9 - poor swap performance on low end machines
On Tue, 16 Dec 2003, Roger Luethi wrote:
>> One potential problem with the benchmarks is that my test box has
>> just one bar with 256 MB RAM. The kbuild and efax tests were run with
>> mem=64M and mem=32M, respectively. If the difference between mem=32M

On Wed, Dec 17, 2003 at 01:53:28PM -0500, Rik van Riel wrote:
> OK, I found another difference with 2.4.
> Try "echo 256 > /proc/sys/vm/min_free_kbytes", I think
> that should give the same free watermarks that 2.4 has.
> Using 1MB as the min free watermark for lowmem is bound
> to result in more free (and less used) memory on systems
> with less than 128 MB RAM ... significantly so on smaller
> systems.
> The fact that ZONE_HIGHMEM and ZONE_NORMAL are recycled
> at very different rates could also be of influence on
> some performance tests...

Limited sets of configurations may have left holes in the testing.
Upper zones much larger than lower zones basically want the things
to be unequal. It probably wants the replacement load spread
proportionally in general or some such nonsense.

-- wli
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