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Subjectx86/NUMA: Reason for ignoring too small NUMA nodes?
Hi Andi,

while experimenting with a system with a memory-less NUMA node I
stumbled upon code in the Linux kernel which ignores nodes containing
less than a certain amount of RAM, obviously to fix systems with a buggy
BIOS.
Can you elaborate on this? What kind of incorrect entry have you seen?
To correctly map the memory less node I did a patch to accept at least
nodes with exactly zero bytes of memory (read: no SRAT memory entry),
was this special condition also present in the buggy machines?
Another comments reads:
/*
* Don't confuse VM with a node that doesn't have the
* minimum amount of memory:
*/
Is that still a valid statement? How can the VM get confused by a node
with already exhausted memory resources?
(found in arch/x86/mm/{srat,numa}_64.c)
I'd be grateful for some hints!

Thanks,
Andre.

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