RedHat Linux 9 - Trouble with AMD

I have a cluster of Linux machines running RedHat 9 (2.4.20)
All machines have their amd service configured so as all machines can access the others disks.
My problem is that at times the amd process takes up >50% cpu on ALL machines!!!
Does anyone have a clue?
shayb022800Asked:
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wesly_chenCommented:
Hi,

   amd is the automount daemon. As my experience, amd doesn't work well under multiple heavy data transfer through (/net).
So for the NFS server with frequenty data access, you better use hard mount (specify in /etc/fstab or mount in /etc/rc.d/rc.local ) so you can specify the mount option to tune the NFS performance.

   Cross NFS mounting is the CPU and network killer. Besides it is the trouble maker even though it is convenient by use of amd or autofs.

   Tuning NFS/amd/autofs is the job for Unix systems adminstrators..... ^_^

Good luck,

Wesly
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shayb022800Author Commented:
Hi Wesly,
Thanks for the reply. Althogh I personally am not a Unix Sys Admin, all you have said above is known to me. And yet, my Unix Sys Admins have trouble locating and solving the problem of AMD taking > 50% of the CPU.
If I am not mistaken once the mount is established (automatically) minimal resources are needed as long as the mount is active.
So again what could be the problem? what should I ask my Sys Admins to check/do?
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wesly_chenCommented:
Ok, amd will unmount the unactive mount point after it idles for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes ?).
Change the setting to make it short (say 2 or 3 miuntes) So it will release the CPU resources quickly.

My suggestion is that you shouldn't use amd.net (mount /net) and make a list of necessary nfs shared directory and hostname.
So it can cut short of un-necessary mount points. Also, use options "async", "soft", and "noatime" on nfs client.

I perfer autofs instead of amd. Besides, autofs4 support /net on Linux, too. I got rid of amd (I want to use /net) after I used
autofs4.

Good luck,

Wesly
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shayb022800Author Commented:
Wesly,
I will pass this info to our sys admins and let you know how it goes.
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