Sun Directory Server Enterprise Edition 7.0 Deployment Planning Guide

Small, Medium, and Large Data Sets

A working set refers to the data actually pulled into memory so that the server can respond to client applications. The data set is then the entries in the directory that are being used due to client traffic. The data set may include every entry in the directory, or may be composed of some smaller number of entries, such as entries corresponding to people in a time zone where users are active.

We define three data set sizes, based on how much of the directory data set fits into available physical memory:


The data set fits entirely into physical memory with fully-loaded database and entry caches.


The data set fits in physical memory, and extra physical memory can be dedicated to entry cache.


The data set is too small to fit completely in available physical memory.

The ideal case is of course the small data set. If your data set is small, set database cache size and entry cache size such that all entries fit in both the database cache and the entry cache.

The following sections provide recommendations for medium and large data sets where the server performs either all searches or all modify operations.