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Old 03-01-2010
Swap device file and swap sapce


I have an integrity machine rx7620 and rx8640 running hp-ux 11.31. I'm planning to fine tune the system:

- I would like to know when does the memory swap space spill over to the device swap space?
- And how much % of memory swap utilization should be specified (swap space device file) based on the memory that is on system. Are there any formula to it?

Thanks in advance.
# 2  
Old 03-02-2010
Its more a question of how much memory (RAM) you have installed in the server...
So more you have memory less swap you will need... just remember HP-UX is a "virtual memory" OS, you need to know what will be the maximum memory load (apps + buffers etc...) in order to not get the message " no more memory"...
# 3  
Old 03-02-2010
I can't access it from work here but I think this is the link to a guide on HP-UX's memory management. Hard work but everything you need to know is in here...

# 4  
Old 03-02-2010
could somweone explain the output for me about this swapinfo -tam of my hp-ux box running HP-UX ottux005 B.11.31 U ia64 2350683027 unlimited-user license.

root@rcton:/home/root$ swapinfo -tam
             Mb      Mb      Mb   PCT  START/      Mb
dev        8192       0    8192    0%       0       -    1  /dev/vg00/lvol2
reserve       -    8192   -8192
memory    37875   34479    3396   91%
total     46067   42671    3396   93%       -       0    -

Last edited by Scott; 03-02-2010 at 07:19 PM.. Reason: Code tags please...
# 5  
Old 03-02-2010
To reiterate vbe's question. How much memory is fitted on your system? Could it be 64 Gb ?

The figures in the "total" row from "swapinfo" suggest that you are very close to running out of swap space. With these numbers approaching 50 Gb this is clearly a big system. Running with 3 Gb free is risky.

First inclination is to donate a 72 Gb disc to swap, monitor, and then stop to think.
# 6  
Old 03-03-2010
yes, it's ia 64 bit rx7620 with 40g of ram
# 7  
Old 03-04-2010
I'd say adding 2 more swap lvols of same size (8192 -to balance the load if ever it uses swap) will solve your coming issue (no more memory although you have plenty...) that will let you load an extra 15 GB of application/programs (you know like a new greedy oracle instance...). If you want to be safe add another one... that make 32 GB of swap (seen as VM...)
Now the new ones you add as said previously for performance should all be the same size and in different Volume groups.
Your system by the look of things favours pseudoswap rather than device so it will continue to work the same way... only adding that extra allows the system to have far more memory to address...
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