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SubjectRe: [Patch1/4]: fake numa for x86_64 patch
On Tue, 28 Nov 2006, Rohit Seth wrote:

> On Tue, 2006-11-28 at 13:24 +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
>> On Mon, 27 Nov 2006, Rohit Seth wrote:
>>
>>> Hi Mel,
>>>
>>> On Mon, 2006-11-27 at 13:18 +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
>>>> On Wed, 22 Nov 2006, Rohit Seth wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> This patch provides a IO hole size in a given address range.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> This patch reintroduces a function that doubles up what
>>>> absent_pages_in_range(start_pfn, end_pfn). I recognise you do this because
>>>> you are interested in hole sizes before add_active_range() is called.
>>>
>>> Right.
>>>
>>>>
>>>> However, what is not clear is why these patches are so specific to x86_64.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Specifically in the fake numa case, we want to make sure that we don't
>>> carve fake nodes that only have IO holes in it. Unlike the real NUMA
>>> case, here we don't have SRAT etc. to know the memory layout beforehand.
>>>
>>>
>>>> It looks possible to do the work of functions like split_nodes_equal() in
>>>> an architecture-independent manner using early_node_map rather than
>>>> dealing with the arch-specific nodes array. That would open the
>>>> possibility of providing fake nodes on more than one architecture in the
>>>> future.
>>>
>>> The functions like splti_nodes_equal etc. can be abstracted out to arch
>>> independent part. I think the only API it needs from arch dependent
>>> part is to find out how much real RAM is present in range without have
>>> to first do add_active_range.
>>>
>>
>> That is a problem because the ranges must be registered with
>> add_active_range() to work out how much real RAM is present.
>>
>
> Right. And that is why I need e820_hole_size functionality. BTW, what
> is the concern in having that function?
>

Because it provides almost identical functionality to another function. If
that can be avoided, it's preferable.

>>> Though as a first step, let us fix the x86_64 (as it doesn't boot when
>>> you have sizeable chunk of IO hole and nodes > 4).
>>>
>>
>> Ok.
>>
>>> I'm also not sure if other archs actually want to have this
>>> functionality.
>>>
>>
>> It's possible that the containers people are interested in the possibility
>> of setting up fake nodes as part of a memory controller.
>>
> That is precisely why I'm doing it :-)
>
>>>> What I think can be done is that you register memory as normal and then
>>>> split up the nodes into fake nodes. This would remove the need for having
>>>> e820_hole_size() reintroduced.
>>>
>>> Are you saying first let the system find out real numa topology and then
>>> build fake numa on top of it?
>>>
>>
>> Yes, there is nothing stopping you altering the early_node_map[] before
>> free_area_init_node() initialises the node_mem_map. If you do hit a
>> problem, it'll be because x86_64 allocates it's own node_mem_map with
>> CONFIG_FLAT_NODE_MEM_MAP is set. Is that set when setting up fake nodes?
>>
>
> I thought they both (real numa + fake numa) operate on same data
> structures. I'll have to double check.
>
> -rohit
>

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Mel Gorman
Part-time Phd Student Linux Technology Center
University of Limerick IBM Dublin Software Lab
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