At 07:28 PM 1/10/2006, Mark Lewis wrote:
>A few days back you mentioned:
> > Upgrade your kernel to at least 2.6.12
> > There's a known issue with earlier versions of the 2.6.x kernel and
> > 64b CPUs like the Opteron. See kernel.org for details.
>I did some searching and couldn't find any obvious mention of this issue
>(I gave up after searching through the first few hundred instances of
>"64" in the 2.6.12 changelog).
>Would you mind being a little more specific about which issue you're
>talking about? We're about to deploy some new 16GB RAM Opteron DB
>servers and I'd like to check and make sure RH backported whatever the
>fix was to their current RHEL4 kernel.
There are 3 issues I know about in general:
1= As Peter Royal noted on this list, pre 12 versions of 2.6.x have
problems with RAM of >= 4GB.
2= Pre 12 versions on 2.6.x when running A64 or Xeon 64b SMP seem to
be susceptible to "context switch storms".
3= Physical and memory IO is considerably improved in the later
versions of 2.6.x compared to 2.6.11 or earlier.
Talk to a real Linux kernel guru (I am not) for details and specifics.