[conspire] One way to test system RAM
Eric De Mund
ead-conspire at ixian.com
Thu Dec 28 12:09:21 PST 2006
] I determined a few days ago that my "new" 2001-era VA Linux Systems
] model 2230 2U rackmount server, the intended replacement for the cur-
] rent linuxmafia.com box, really _did_ have two defective sticks of
] RAM, out of four total.
] Anyhow, I did bite the bullet and buy replacements from S.A. Technolo-
] gies, Inc. of Santa Clara (www.satech.com). They arrived Wednesday
] afternoon -- and I faced a pleasantly unfamiliar problem: How do you
] torture-test a Linux server with prodigious (by my rather laughable
] standards) amounts of RAM?
] This is what I came up with:
] # cd /usr/src/linux-source-2.6.16
] # while : ; do make clean && make -j 256 ; done
Point of clarification: May I ask why you're using a home-grown method
rather than the exceptionally thorough Memtest86 <http://memtest86.com/>?
In past years I've had good luck with Memtest86, both for clients and
personally. Note that in some cases on slower machines it has taken 20+
hours to run to completion.
Are you trying to perform some test other than a "thorough, stand-alone
memory test (for x86 architecture computers)", which is how Memtest86
"The goal of Computer Science is to build something that will last at
least until we've finished building it." --fortune(6) cookie
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