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SubjectRe: Dmesg: Use a PAE enabled kernel
> BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
> BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 00000000000a0000 (usable)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 00000000bfffa000 (usable)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000bfffa000 - 00000000bffff000 (ACPI data)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000bffff000 - 00000000c0000000 (ACPI NVS)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000fec00000 - 00000000fec01000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000fee00000 - 00000000fee01000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
> BIOS-e820: 0000000100000000 - 0000000140000000 (usable)
> Warning only 4GB will be used.
> Use a PAE enabled kernel.
> 3200MB HIGHMEM available.
> 896MB LOWMEM available.
>
> So you are saying that not all the 4Gb of ram will get mapped/used (specifically, everything not marked 'usable') ?
>
> Can you quantify the performance degredation of a PAE enabled kernel?

Depends on your workload ... there's only one way to be sure, benchmark it.
If you're doing heavy page replacment / setup / teardown, it'll be more
expensive. As Alan has pointed out, you're loosing a quarter of your RAM ;-)

M.

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