Minimum x86 hardware recommendations

Rhys Dow rhysdow at shaw.ca
Mon Apr 29 13:18:55 EST 2002


What is the recommended minimum configuration to run ACeDB (v4_9f) on 
Linux (RedHat with 2.4.18 Kernel)?

We have a Pentium II, 400 MHz machine with 192 MB of RAM.  There are 2 
disks, with swap on one and the database on the other.  The problem is 
that it takes a very long time to start up ACeDB.  Once it is up and 
running, it is very quick.  Pretty much all of the available RAM is used 
when ACeDB is running, but it doesn't seem that much swap is used, so 
I'm not sure that more RAM would make it start quicker.  It seems to me 
that the delay is simply the time it takes to read the data from the 
disk - should we be looking at faster disk or SCSI rather than IDE?

Rather than buying more hardware, would it be possible, using the 
separate client and server version, to start the ACeDB server and keep 
it always running?  We currently access it remotely, via X windows from 
a variety of desktops, so we don't want to just log on once and leave it 
running there.  We are not concerned with allocating all of the 
resources on this machine to ACeDB, though -  it is the only thing that 
this machine is used for.  Generally there is only a single person using 
ACeDB at a time, and on occasion, there may be a week between use.

Does anyone have any suggestions?


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