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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3] mm: make expand_downwards symmetrical to expand_upwards
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On Fri, 2011-04-22 at 13:19 -0500, James Bottomley wrote:
> I looked at converting parisc to sparsemem and there's one problem that
> none of these cover. How do you set up bootmem? If I look at the
> examples, they all seem to have enough memory in the first range to
> allocate from, so there's no problem. On parisc, with discontigmem, we
> set up all of our ranges as bootmem (we can do this because we
> effectively have one node per range). Obviously, since sparsemem has a
> single bitmap for all of the bootmem, we can no longer allocate all of
> our memory to it (well, without exploding because some of our gaps are
> gigabytes big). How does everyone cope with this (do you search for
> your largest range and use that as bootmem or something)?

Sparsemem is purely post-bootmem. It doesn't deal with sparse
bootmem. :(

That said, I'm not sure you're in trouble. One bit of bitmap covers 4k
(with 4k pages of course) of memory, one byte covers 32k, and A 32MB
bitmap can cover 1TB of address space. It explodes, but I think it's
manageable. It hasn't been a problem enough up to this point to go fix
it.

-- Dave



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