memory errors

By: anon2 (, March 4, 2021 10:46 pm
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Linus Torvalds ( on March 4, 2021 8:21 pm wrote:
> David Hess ( on March 4, 2021 1:44 pm wrote:
> >
> > I have not noticed any delay on my workstation which has 64G.
> The people who were hurting are the people with many hundreds of gigs (or terabytes)
> of RAM, and have five-nines availability guarantees, and want their scheduled
> maintenance reboots to take on the order of seconds, not minutes.
> Yes, yes, they obviously actually use many other strategies (ie multiple nodes with fail-over etc) because
> generally there's no way they'll hit the reboot speed requirements even for scheduled downtime, much less
> for when something actually goes wrong. But they do tend to want "fail fast, and get back up fast".
> People like that absolutely hated the traditional SCSI disk spin-up times, and they found fsck times
> completely unacceptable, and they want the RAM to be scrubbed and initialized incrementally so that you
> can boot and get the system up and the loads started ASAP. Keep scrubbing and initializing more RAM in
> parallel, because it's going to take a while before you're under full load and need it all anyway.
> Those people tend to be a fairly special breed.
> There's very much the other kind of server person, who is used to (and so resigned as to expect) the server
> reboot taking possibly tens of minutes, because that's just what they always did - spinning up one rotating
> platter of rust at a time to avoid the power surge of spinning them all up at the same time etc etc.
> I'm not even kidding. That whole "spin up one disk at a time" is
> not some exaggeration. It was standard practice in many places.
> Of course, it's largely historical, and had real roots - those disks used to be massive, and spinning
> them up really was a big deal. It's just that the practice of spinning disks up one at a time actually
> went on in many places long after those physically massive disk systems were long long gone.
> So you have this odd dichotomy of boot speed expectations in the big iron world. Some want it
> to be really instant and quick. And some are perfectly happy with ridiculously slow boots.
> I've had access to big powerful hardware that was almost entirely useless for kernel development, because
> while they could compile a new kernel really quickly, they then took literally several minutes to boot
> the damn thing. So a much slower machine was actually much better at doing any actual testing on.

You still don't use virtual machines for testing?
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