Kernel oops during memory intensive operations

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Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
HP DL370 G5
2.33 quad core processor


After doubling the amount of RAM in the server from 16GB to 32GB the kernel will oops during memory intensive operations. If they go back to 16GB they do not encounter the problem.


By enabling hugepage support in /proc/sys/vm/nr_hugepages the server is able to swap out to disk without the kernel oops.

To enable hugepage support you can do the following 'echo 2048 > /proc/sys/vm/nr_hugepages'


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  • Document ID:7000126
  • Creation Date: 17-Apr-2008
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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