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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm 13/25] Noreclaim LRU Infrastructure
On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 15:37:02 -0400
Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 10 Jun 2008 12:17:23 -0700 (PDT)
> Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com> wrote:
>
> > On Sun, 8 Jun 2008, Andrew Morton wrote:
> >
> > > And it will take longer to get those problems sorted out if 32-bt
> > > machines aren't even compiing the new code in.
> >
> > The problem is going to be less if we dependedn on
> > CONFIG_PAGEFLAGS_EXTENDED instead of 64 bit. This means that only certain
> > 32bit NUMA/sparsemem configs cannot do this due to lack of page flags.
> >
> > I did the pageflags rework in part because of Rik's project.
>
> I think your pageflags work freed up a number of bits on 32
> bit systems, unless someone compiles a 32 bit system with
> support for 4 memory zones (2 bits ZONE_SHIFT) and 64 NUMA
> nodes (6 bits NODE_SHIFT), in which case we should still
> have 24 bits for flags.
>
> Of course, having 64 NUMA nodes and a ZONE_SHIFT of 2 on
> a 32 bit system is probably total insanity already. I
> suspect very few people compile 32 bit with NUMA at all,
> except if it is an architecture that uses DISCONTIGMEM
> instead of zones, in which case ZONE_SHIFT is 0, which
> will free up space too :)

Maybe it's time to bite the bullet and kill i386 NUMA support. afaik
it's just NUMAQ and a 2-node NUMAish machine which IBM made (as400?)

arch/sh uses NUMA for 32-bit, I believe. But I don't know what its
maximum node count is. The default for sh NODES_SHIFT is 3.


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