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SubjectRe: 2.4.20 instability on bigmem systems?
> The primary problem:  Whenever any process (or set of processes) initiates 
> intensive disk I/O, the system grinds to a halt, kswapd and kupdated
> consume upwards of 40% to 60% CPU each, and system load averages can jump
> upwards of 21.00. The problem can be replicated with a simple find command
> ("find / -print" seems to do it nicely).

Well known set of problems.
2.4 vm sucks on big machines. Run 2.5, 2.4-aa, or UL.

Yes, you can spend a few weeks beating your head against a brick wall
gathering various bugfixes if you like ... but you'll probably just end
up with a sore head ...

M.

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