In message <200901252247.29775.fbsd.questi...@rachie.is-a-geek.net>, Mel writes: > On Sunday 25 January 2009 04:28:47 Dieter wrote: > > >>>> AMD64 FreeBSD 7.0 2 GiB main memory > > >>>> > > > So the machine doesn't normally use swap much at all, but messing with > > the large ISO apparently kicked something out of memory, and the disk > > with the swap partition was already busy writing at the other end of > > the disk. > > > > Do you consider writing a large file to disk a "truly unspeakable" load? > > Just curious, since you're running 7.0: SCHED_4BSD or SCHED_ULE? And if you > have a chance to change it, does the scenario persist?
kern.sched.name: 4BSD Right now I'm trying to collect enough info to fix the Seagate 2700.11 firmware fubar. Once that is resolved, I plan to update to 7.1. IIRC 7.1 defaults to ULE. If not I can try switching. But my understanding is that the scheduler pays little if any attention to I/O, a holdover from the days when CPU was the main thing that needed rationing. These days it is just the opposite. CPUs have gotten much much faster, but I/O is only slightly faster. _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"