Re: Getting Slink compatible with Linux-2.2.0
On Wed, Jan 27, 1999 at 10:27:15PM -0500, Avery Pennarun wrote:
> Six orders of magnitude?? In the unlikely event that my 100 MHz SDRAM can
> really handle 32 bits (4 bytes) per cycle, then it can transfer 400
> megabytes per second. It's not REALLY that fast, but I'll give it the
> benefit of the doubt.
Let me note I was replying in the context of huge swap files on huge hard
Tim's (and I think Ben also) example is the best one in this case: the seek
time for a hard disk (~ ms) vs the access time for ram (~ ns) suddenly
become important when you are talking about ~ GB of RAM. If you are
talking about big databases where access is basically random, access time
can become a serious bottleneck.
But my original comment was posted because of someone's intention to put
util-linux 2.9g on slink to get it "in sync" with 2.2 kernels (> 128 MB
swap on a single partition) so this is rather off-topic.