[K12OSN] Bigmem

Shawn Powers spowers at inlandlakes.org
Wed Jun 23 18:50:35 UTC 2004

Shawn Powers wrote:
> As I send out the PO for our new servers with 6GB of RAM -- I recall an 
> issue with the bigmem kernel...  Is that still a problem?

Well -- little update...  I contacted the fellows in Largo, FL (the ones 
that use separate servers for each app) because they've had years of 
things "just working"  They have servers running 32bit processors, and 
upwards of 12GB of RAM.  They run Redhat Enterprise, and have not 
fiddled with LTSP at all.  (They actually have X client hardware, so 
don't need to use LTSP)

I figure I'll do some more research, and perhaps set up one of my 
servers as the "OpenOffice" server with a bigmem kernel.  In Largo, they 
use rsh to start the OpenOffice program from the giant server, and 
haven't had a glitch with the > 4GB of RAM issue...

Anyone willing to give me thier take on the "big hogs" when it comes to 
applications?  I know that OpenOffice takes a lot of resources -- how 
about Mozilla?  Evolution?  Any others?  I'm trying to make sure I break 
up my servers appropriately.

Thanks again to all,

Shawn Powers
Technology Director
Inland Lakes Schools
PHN: 231-238-6868 x9174
FAX: 509-356-7024
spowers at inlandlakes.org

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