Subject: Re: Swap overcommit (was Re: Replacement for grep(1) (part 2))
To: Matthew Dillon <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Charles M. Hannum <email@example.com>
Date: 07/13/1999 21:22:47
> Has your simulation ever been kicked by the kernel due to lack of
> swap space?
I already said so. Please at least pretend to read what I wrote
There is a big difference here between a piddling web server and a
1000-hour simulation. If the web server goes down, you reboot it,
maybe a few users are inconvenienced meanwhile, and maybe you lose
some advertising revenue. If the simulation has to be restarted,
you've lost *valuable* computing time that is not easy to replace.
There are many environments where even the possibility of the
simulation crashing due to external influence is unacceptable. I find
it sad that you resist making FreeBSD robust against such problems,
but that's your concern.