[ic] CPU upgrade for IC server?

Rick Bragg lists at gmnet.net
Wed Jun 17 11:59:43 UTC 2009

On Tue, 2009-06-16 at 22:21 -0700, Grant wrote:
> >> >> I'm accumulating more and more jobs that I like to have run daily. They
> >> >> started out running in the middle of the night, but they're creeping
> >> >> over into real traffic hours.  Right now I've got a P4 single-core
> >> >> 2.8Ghz CPU and 1GB RAM.  Would a CPU upgrade be likely to execute the
> >> >> jobs more quickly?
> >> >
> >> > Only if they're very CPU-intensive, which many jobs aren't.
> >>
> >> I'd also be inclined to look at the jobs themselves.  Are they doing
> >> what they need to do in the most efficient way?
> >>
> >> You might consider optimizing the jobs themselves, either before or as
> >> part of throwing more hardware at the problem.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Mark
> >>
> >
> >
> > Tossing in new hardware is tempting, but I agree;  try to optimize the
> > jobs first, then when you get new hardware, it will be even faster!  Run
> > the "top" command and see what is going on.  My wild guess is that you
> > are memory bound,  1G Ram these days is very little memory.  I would max
> > that out first if it is memory bound.
> >
> > rick
> I've optimized quite a bit.  These jobs are pretty mature now and just
> take some time when you put them all together.  Does this mean I'm
> alright on memory?
> Mem:   1028780k total,   709692k used,   319088k free,    55036k buffers
> - Grant

Looks good to me to,  if you decide to up the CPU, I would also at least
double the RAM as well.  It looks like your not really memory bound now,
you most likely will be after a new CPU.  Of course test it out first...


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