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Subject[2.4.20-ck7] good compressed caching experience

I just decided to tell everyone that I've been able to run 2.4.20-ck7 with
compressed caching enabled in my little brother's Pentium 133MHz, for hours,
doing stress testing, compiling kernels and using the Internet under X.

I had pre-empt enabled. Compressed swap worked also. I used 4kB pages
without compressed swap, and 8kB with it.

This was with Con's ck7pre versions released on 24th and 25th of May.

Now running 2.4.20-ck7pre with compressed cache in a dual CPU machine with SMP
disabled (compressed caching and SMP support are still mutually exclusive),
1GB of RAM but "mem=128M" for testing purposes. Been stable for 6 hours now,
and done even some stress testing. Try 128 instances of burnBX with 1MB
each, like "for ((A=128;A--;A<1)) do burnBX J & done". A nice brute force or
"if you don't behave I'll push all my buttons" method :)

Wondering if Pentium 133MHz (64MB RAM) is fast enough to benefit from
compressed caching. I know there's a limit, depending on the speed of the
CPU and the speed of the swap partition (doing random accesses), which
determines if compressed caching is beneficial or not.

This machine has a Seagate Barracuda V 80GB, which does sequential reads at
40MB/s. I could drive this into trashing, then type "sar -B 1 1000" and see
how the swap is doing. Now, compressed caching brings me benefit if, and
only if, it can compress and decompress pages faster than that in this CPU,
which it sure does, since this is a Pentium III 933MHz, but I'm not sure
about the little brother's Pentium 133MHz. It has a 4GB Seagate that does
6MB/s sequentially. Did I figure it out correctly? Of course swapping to a
partition gets slower as the swap usage increases. Longer seeks and the

Just a warning... both systems have only ReiserFS partitions. Other FSes
might still get hurt.

-Kimmo Sundqvist
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