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    SubjectRe: experiences beyond 4 GB RAM with 2.4.22

    On Tue, 16 Sep 2003, Olivier Galibert wrote:

    > On Tue, Sep 16, 2003 at 07:10:57PM +0200, Pavel Machek wrote:
    > > Hi!
    > >
    > > > > Well, I do understand the bounce buffer problem, but honestly the current way
    > > > > of handling the situation seems questionable at least. If you ever tried such a
    > > > > system you notice it is a lot worse than just dumping the additional ram above
    > > > > 4GB. You can really watch your network connections go bogus which is just
    > > > > unacceptable. Is there any thinkable way to ommit the bounce buffers and still
    > > > > do something useful with the beyond-4GB ram parts?
    > > >
    > > > The 2.6 tree is somewhat better about this but at the end of the day if
    > > > your I/O subsystem can't do the job your box will not perform ideally.
    > > > For some workloads its a huge win to have the extra RAM, for others the
    > > > I/O is a real pain.
    > >
    > > If he has trouble logging in, then there's a bug somewhere.
    > > Bounce buffers should not slow machine down more than
    > > 2x, and from his description it looks like way worse slowdown.
    > The box does not just slowdown, the box crawls on the floor wimpering.
    > Nothing works except ping until the i/os are finished (and they seem
    > to crawl too), then everything works perfectly again.
    > We're quite eager to fix the problem too, if you want us to test some
    > things.

    Which card and driver are you using for IO? 3ware?

    How much RAM do you have?

    I remember I tested heavy IO loads (heavy swapping and dbench) on 8GB
    machine and all worked fine (interactive terminal, etc) but that was a
    looong time ago back in 2.4.

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