Re: General slowness with using 64Gb HIGHMEM option on 32-bitkernel

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Fri Sep 28 2007 - 14:03:44 EST

On Fri, 28 Sep 2007 21:57:55 +0400
"Sergey Popov" <faijeya@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Ok, I found a palliative.
> Now I'm working with "mem=6770M" option, that gives me 6072MB RAM (of
> 6144 total).
> Interesting, that if you choose too much, like "mem=6800M", system
> behaviour is exactly the same as without any options.
> Can it be that kernel incorrectly sets amount of memory to use so such
> a situation occurs?

Maybe the BIOS marks the top megabytes of memory as
uncacheable, which makes accesses ridiculously slow.

Cat /proc/mtrr to check.

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