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SubjectRe: Spinlock performance on Athlon MP (2.4)
Scott L. Burson wrote:
> Hi,
>
> First, and probably the reason you haven't heard more complaints about the
> problem, its severity is evidently dependent on the size of main memory. At
> 512MB it doesn't seem to be much of a problem (right, Mathieu?).

Right. I have 1.5 GB and can reproduce the problem.
And 'append mem=512M' in lilo made things works nicely too.

> At 2.5GB,
> which is what I have, it can be quite serious. For instance, if I start two
> `find' processes at the roots of different filesystems, the system can spend
> (according to `top') 95% - 98% of its time in the kernel. It even gets
> worse than that, but `top' stops updating -- in fact, the system can seem
> completely frozen, but it does recover eventually. Stopping or killing one
> of the `find' processes brings it back fairly quickly, though it can take a
> while to accomplish that.

In fact, last week I had such bad warm reboots that I opened the box and
all of a sudden everythings was working fine again.

So I would say I have a problem of low power supply or fan. And I think
I have read some post about it in the past:

[System Starvation under heavy io load with HIGHMEM4G]
http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0303.2/1435.html

[Tyan 2460/Dual Athlon MP hangs]
http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/linux/kernel/0207.0/0040.html

Eventhought I have a Tyan S2460, I read that:
[The Thunder K7 is an Extended ATX board, measuring 12 × 13 inches. It
only supports Registered DDR PC1600/2100 memory, so your old DIMMs won't
work. Your old power supply won't work either. The Thunder K7 needs an
extra 8-pin power connector. It's not the same extra power connector
that Intel Pentium 4 Xeon-based motherboards need either, so you must
get a special power supply that currently only will work with this one
board.]
http://www.linuxjournal.com/bg/advice/ulb_02.php

What do you think of it ?

Here is my uptime:

$ uptime
5:15pm up 3 days, 3:18, 13 users, load average: 0.08, 0.25, 0.21
And I have been running rather heavy jobs ('make -j') with a lot of IO...

One final thing, I am pretty novice at those things, so please
appologize if I said something completely dumb.

my 2 cents,
mathieu

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