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SubjectRe: 64GB NUMA-Q after pgcl
On Sun, Mar 30, 2003 at 08:27:29PM -0800, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
>> No, that's why it's nontrivial. Otherwise it'd be something like

On Mon, Mar 31, 2003 at 01:19:45AM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> I didn't expect that, I'm quite impressed now, I will check your
> explanation thanks.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2003 at 08:35:06PM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> could you try 2.4.21pre5aa2 too if you have some time, I'd love to have
> a confirm that it boots strightforward on such a machine (sure the
> normal zone will be pretty small, not enough for AIM7 probably but still
> ok for doing a large shmfs allocation and have smp_num_cpus tasks
> attaching in large chunks to work on it) I really expect it to boot, if
> not it must be a silly bug and I'll fix it, because it should definitely
> boot on such x86 64G hardware (despite the normal zone will be so
> small).

I'll see what those I have to answer to think. I'll have to warn you,
the NUMA-Q code in 2.4.x hasn't been very heavily focused on recently
so it may depend on someone testing/debugging the 2.4.x-based tree on
another machine (we haven't quite lost all the NUMA-Q's in our lab to
this) before the RAM goes away. I myself don't have guarantees I'll have
sufficient time for "must do" things -- if I run out of time it's gone
regardless. Extras are definitely a question of chance.

On Mon, Mar 31, 2003 at 08:35:06PM +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> About you not caring anymore about the mem_map array size, that still
> matters on the embedded usage, infact rmap on the embedded usage is the
> biggest waste there, normally they don't even have swap so if something
> you should use the rmap provided for truncate, rather than wasting
> memory in the mem_map array.

They should be able to utilize the same technique for cutting down
mem_map, and there are pending bits around that allow the pte_chain
allocations to be eliminated entirely for file-backed memory, and so
embedded systems's needs can be accommodated with a bit of extra
adjustment for !CONFIG_SWAP and they'll never see pte_chains again.

-- wli
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