[RC5] Cache buffers in ram suggestion.

dan carter hedonist at win.co.nz
Fri Aug 30 19:14:06 EDT 2002



I have a couple of machines that spend most of their time waiting for
someone to use them.

In this state they sit with their monitor off to save power, and before
installation of dnetc, they also spun their discs down for noise and
power savings.

Nowdays, presumably due to a fragmented key space, it seems impossible
to get a rc5 keyblock that will take more than 5 mins to complete.

It would be nice if the client could load several hours worth of buffers
into ram to work on before touching the disc to put them in the out
buffer and load up more.

In my case, with a semi-permanent internet connection, a workaround
might be to run the client with the no buffers option.  However, the no
buffers option brings with it several issues that the
cache_buffers_in_ram approach would avoid. (e.g. requirment for a
permanent internet connection, increased load on dnet proxies, etc)

Your humble servant,
dan.

CCed to bugzilla [http://n0cgi.distributed.net/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=2820]


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