[CentOS] 32 or 64 bit (4 gb ram)

Mon Mar 2 17:58:41 UTC 2009
dnk <d.k.emaillists at gmail.com>

On 2-Mar-09, at 9:37 AM, Warren Young wrote:

> Dnk wrote:
>> Is there any real advantage to using 64 bit when I am right at the  
>> 4gb
>> ram threshhold?
> Yes, unless you're not turning on swap.  Once you add swap to a system
> with 4 GB of RAM, you need either PAE or 64-bit to actually use the
> swap.  Since 64-bit CPUs became cheap last year, there's no longer a
> good reason to use PAE on a new system, so that means 64-bit.
> You can make much the same argument farther down the line....even  
> with 2
> GB RAM and 2 GB swap, 64-bit might be the right configuration choice.
>> The machine will just be a backup machie (rsync).
> I doubt you'll actually use all that RAM, 64-bit or not.
> An rsync-only box should be completely I/O bound.  If it were a choice
> between more RAM and either another disk spindle or a hardware RAID
> card, I'd choose the better disk setup, here.  I assume you will  
> have a
> gigabit Ethernet link...the trick then is to saturate it, which you
> can't do with a single disk, no matter how much RAM you've got, or how
> much 64-bitness you throw at it.  Fail to saturate the network link,  
> and
> you're slowing your backups.
> If the rsync box is on the other side of a slow network link, I'd  
> still
> go for a better disk setup over more RAM.  In that particular case,  
> I'd
> be looking at things like hot spares, because it means you're probably
> not always near the server to swap disks when they fail.

This machine has a pretty good IO setup. The Ram was just in it from  
the last task the machine had.