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Re: [K12OSN] server capable ?

Hi Jim,

Two things appear to be the bottleneck

RAM 18 terminals @ 50 MB/terminal = 900MB
This leaves 100MB fro the OS, SWAP, and CACHE.

Another 0.5 to 1 GB would help.

The other thing which is likely to cause problems is the IDE drive.

Plenty of people on this list have found that IDE works alright for
small installations, but performance will degrade as terminal numbers

SCSI is the only way to go with the size lab you have.


On Tue, 2003-01-14 at 22:40, Jim Dos wrote:
> Hello, 
> I'm new to the list.. My name is Jim Dos, I'm a tech admin at Dunkerton
> School. Yesterday we set in place a 3.0 LTSP on a dual 850 P3, 1 gb ram, 10
> gb, ide hard disk, dual 100/10 net cards...
> we sucessfully had 18 workstations booting from a floppy find the server and
> operate property- we thought...
> today, 18 students hit the lab and just KILLED the server..it was so slow a
> 286 would have been faster..
> the workstations are gateway, dell, ibm 120, 133, 166's with 32 mb ram,
> mostly 3com 3c509b-c nics...
> I had high hopes this would make a difference in the stability of the labs
> and at no loss of performace....obviously, after today, no one wants linux
> at all..
> my question,,,is 18 terminals too much for this server..?? processor load
> was 23-48 % when the students were pounding on it with mozilla...
> oh, the server is on the same hub (3com) as the lab,
> thanks,
> the newbie
> Jim  
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