Re: Linux Kernel Dump Summit 2005

From: Felix Oxley
Date: Wed Oct 12 2005 - 04:05:28 EST

On Wednesday 12 October 2005 09:28, OBATA Noboru wrote:

> CMD | NET TIME (in seconds) | OUTPUT SIZE (in bytes)
> ---------+--------------------------------+------------------------
> cp | 35.94 (usr 0.23, sys 14.16) | 2,121,438,352 (100.0%)
> lzf | 54.30 (usr 35.04, sys 13.10) | 1,959,473,330 ( 92.3%)
> gzip -1 | 200.36 (usr 186.84, sys 11.73) | 1,938,686,487 ( 91.3%)
> ---------+--------------------------------+------------------------
> Although it is too early to say lzf's compress ratio is good
> enough, its compression speed is impressive indeed.

As you say, the speed of lzf relative to gzip is impressive.

However if the properties of the kernel dump mean that it is not suitable for
compression then surely it is not efficient to spend any time on it.

>And the
> result also suggests that it is too early to give up the idea of
> full dump with compression.

Are you sure? :-)
If we are talking about systems with 32GB of memory then we must be taking
about organisations who can afford an extra 100GB of disk space just for
keeping their kernel dump files.

I would expect that speed of recovery would always be the primary concern.
Would you agree?


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