Subject: Its official! Alpha linux rocks!
From: Sean Hunter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Wed Sep 08 1999 - 23:28:02 PDT
Pardon my gushing tone, but I've just been running the torture test
from hell for eight hours (so far) on my alpha seeing with no errors.
Load avg is constantly between 30 and 85, peaking at 100+ from time to
Here's what I did:
continues kernel compiles of the 2.2.12 and 2.3.17 kernels in
parallell using make -j 8 MAKE="make -j 8", while doing a similar
compile of mozilla on my raid array at the same time
This machine does routing for me, so all the time this has been on
(OK, I stopped it after eight hours while leaving the compiles
running), I've been pinging machines that it has to route to. While
the time is slowed a little by the intense load, it didn't lose a
single packet in all those eight hours.
Even under these loads, I am still able to log in, and interactive
performance is not too shoddy (beats the old Slowaris development
server I used to have to work on when its load was 4!)
This is all running under 2.2.12 kernel. This improvement in
stability is a really remarkable achievement when you consider that
all the kernels between 2.2.5 and 2.2.12 have given me loads of random
Thanks to Alan Cox and rth for all their good work on this kernel.
[sean@diego sean]$ procinfo
Linux 2.2.12 (email@example.com) (gcc egcs-2.91.66) #1 [diego]
Memory: Total Used Free Shared Buffers Cached
Mem: 385560 118192 267368 70424 7880 26792
Swap: 266144 37720 228424
Bootup: Wed Sep 8 23:35:18 1999 Load average: 97.13 62.76 57.85 6/168 31681
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