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There's a nice script[1] for tweaking OS X's dynamic pager settings to reduce the system's swappiness that helps a bit. Incidentally, if you have both an SSD and HDD installed, you can use it to move the swapfiles to the HDD to reduce wear.

[1]: http://dropsafe.crypticide.com/article/3848

Have they not improved the dynamic pager parameters in the last two years?

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