On Tue, 21 Oct 2003, Josh Berkus wrote:

> Scott,
> > Also, if it's a read only environment, RAID5 with n drives equals the
> > performance of RAID0 with n-1 drives.
> True.
> > Josh, you gotta get out more.  IA32 has supported >4 gig ram for a long
> > time now, and so has the linux kernel.  It uses a paging method to do it.
> > Individual processes are still limited to ~3 gig on Linux on 32 bit
> > hardware though, so the extra mem will almost certainly spend it's time as
> > kernel cache.
> Not that you'd want a sigle process to grow that large anyway.

True :-)  Especially a pgsql backend.

> So what is the ceiling on 32-bit processors for RAM? Most of the 64-bit 
> vendors are pushing Athalon64 and G5 as "breaking the 4GB barrier", and even 
> I can do the math on 2^32.   All these 64-bit vendors, then, are talking 
> about the limit on ram *per application* and not per machine?

I think it's 64 gigs in the current implementation, but that could just be 
a chip set thing, i.e. the theoretical limit is probably 2^63 or 2^64, but 
the realistic limitation is that the current mobo chipsets are gonna have 
a much lower limit, and I seem to recall that being 64 gig last I looked.

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