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SubjectRe: [rfc][patch] GFP_ZONEMASK vs. MAX_NR_ZONES
On Thu, Jan 30, 2003 at 06:18:16PM -0800, Matthew Dobson wrote:
> Whilst reading through some code for an unrelated patch the other day, I
> stumbled across the build_zonelist* functions. It seemed to me that the
> bounds on the loop seemed too large.
>
> There are only 3 memory zones: DMA (__GFP_DMA = 0x01), NORMAL, & HIGHMEM
> (__GFP_DMA = 0x02). Thus, GFP_ZONEMASK doesn't need to be 0x0f, but
> only 0x03. My guess this was to leave room for future zones? In any
> case, the loop in build_zonelists should almost certainly not go from
> i=0..GFP_ZONEMASK. This instantiates 13 zones that are never used,
> because there is no case that I could find where any zonemask above 0x02
> is used. A zonemask of 0x03 would be DMA | HIGHMEM, but I could not
> find an instance of that either, probably because it wouldn't make much
> sense to request a chunk of memory from DMA & HIGHMEM.

Erich Focht added a hack to NEC's tree so he can represent different
nodes on their IA64 machines as memory zones and most 64it architectures
really only needs a single zone (ZONE_NORMAL), so it might be an interesting
option to make all this stuff per-arch..

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