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SubjectRe: ZONE_PADDING wastes 4 bytes of the new cacheline
On Thu, Oct 21, 2004 at 10:49:36PM -0500, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> On Thursday, October 21, 2004 10:38 pm, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > That problem shouldn't exist any more, so your one zone per node (?)
> > NUMA systems, incremental min won't have any effect at all.
> Well, it used to affect us, since as the allocator iterated over nodes, the
> incremental min would increase, and so by the time we hit the 3rd or so node,
> we were leaving quite a bit of memory unused. I just don't want to return to
> the bad old days.

yes, but all you care about is to turn off the incremental min, you
don't really care about lowmem_reserved, because you don't have floppies
that do ZONE_DMA allocations on ia64, x86-64 would oom-kill tasks just
because insmod floppy.o was running (and this is one of the showstopper
bugs in my queue, I had to disable forced the oom killer to workaroaund
it, apparently the vm can then later on free some page after many loops
despite without swap enabled).
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