2950 write performance issues

Sam Flory Sam.Flory at codegreennetworks.com
Wed Jun 13 11:40:18 CDT 2007


McDougall, Marshall (FSH) wrote:
> 
> I keep looking for something I can identify as the problem here.  I just
> noticed that memory usage is drastically different in these machines.
> Outside of adjusting the shared memory for these boxes, they are the
> same.  Can anyone enlighten me as to why there is such a radical
> difference in memory usage?  What can I look at to tune?
> 
> Server 1 - bad:
> [root at fsh1166db01x]# free
>              total       used       free     shared    buffers
> cached
> Mem:       8310532    8294836      15696          0       6280
> 8144720
> -/+ buffers/cache:     143836    8166696
> Swap:     16386292        208   16386084
> 
> Server 2 - good:
> [root at fsh1166db02x]# free
>              total       used       free     shared    buffers
> cached
> Mem:       8310532    2952540    5357992          0     125464
> 2679676
> -/+ buffers/cache:     147400    8163132
> Swap:     16386292        208   16386084
> 


  The memory differences are a non issue.  The case of the "good" system
you have simply done less io.  Linux considers free memory as wasted.
So as you read from the disk it throws everything into cache.  If you
look at the "-/+ buffers/cache:" lines both systems have the same amount
of real world used, and free memory.  Cache pages in memory are freed if
they are needed.

PS- If you run "cat /dev/sda >/dev/null" for a few seconds on the "good"
system" free should look about the same as the "bad system".





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