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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [RFC PATCH] Boot PV guests with more than 128GB (v1) for 3.7
>>> On 27.07.12 at 12:00, Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@citrix.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-07-27 at 08:34 +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> >>> On 26.07.12 at 22:47, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@oracle.com> wrote:
>> > 2). Allocate a new array, copy the existing P2M into it,
>> > revector the P2M tree to use that, and return the old
>> > P2M to the memory allocate. This has the advantage that
>> > it sets the stage for using XEN_ELF_NOTE_INIT_P2M
>> > feature. That feature allows us to set the exact virtual
>> > address space we want for the P2M - and allows us to
>> > boot as initial domain on large machines.
>>
>> And I would hope that the tools would get updated to recognize
>> this note too, so that huge DomU-s would become possible as
>> well.
>
> Does this help us with >160GB 32 bit PV guests too? I'm guessing not
> since the real limitation there is the relatively small amount of kernel
> address space.

Correct - 32-bit PV guests are limited anyway (and it's for a
reason the Dom0 support in the hypervisor only deals with
64-bit ones). And honestly, considering the huge page
information table such a memory amount would require, I
doubt this big a PV guest would even boot (or if it does, be
of any use).

Jan



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