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Subject[PATCH] hugetlb: restore interleaving of bootmem huge pages
PATCH fix distribution of bootmem huge pages

Against: 2.6.31-rc3

For stable, applicable back through 2.6.27

[A version of this patch has been added to the -mm tree. That patch
won't apply cleanly to mainline nor stable trees because of function
renaming. This one should.]

I noticed that alloc_bootmem_huge_page() will only advance to the
next node on failure to allocate a huge page. I asked about this
on linux-mm and linux-numa, cc'ing the usual huge page suspects.
Mel Gorman responded:

I strongly suspect that the same node being used until allocation
failure instead of round-robin is an oversight and not deliberate
at all. It appears to be a side-effect of a fix made way back in
commit 63b4613c3f0d4b724ba259dc6c201bb68b884e1a ["hugetlb: fix
hugepage allocation with memoryless nodes"]. Prior to that patch
it looked like allocations would always round-robin even when
allocation was successful.

Andy Whitcroft countered that the existing behavior looked like Andi
Kleen's original implementation and suggested that we ask him. We
did and Andy replied that his intention was to interleave the
allocations. So, ...

This patch moves the advance of the hstate next node from which to
allocate up before the test for success of the attempted allocation.
This will unconditionally advance the next node from which to alloc,
interleaving successful allocations over the nodes with sufficient
contiguous memory, and skipping over nodes that fail the huge page
allocation attempt.

Note that alloc_bootmem_huge_page() will only be called for huge pages
of order > MAX_ORDER.

Signed-off-by: Lee Schermerhorn <>

mm/hugetlb.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

Index: linux-2.6.31-rc3-mmotm-090715-2057/mm/hugetlb.c
--- linux-2.6.31-rc3-mmotm-090715-2057.orig/mm/hugetlb.c 2009-07-17 11:30:20.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6.31-rc3-mmotm-090715-2057/mm/hugetlb.c 2009-07-17 11:37:30.000000000 -0400
@@ -1010,6 +1010,7 @@ int __weak alloc_bootmem_huge_page(struc
huge_page_size(h), huge_page_size(h), 0);

+ hstate_next_node(h);
if (addr) {
* Use the beginning of the huge page to store the
@@ -1019,7 +1020,6 @@ int __weak alloc_bootmem_huge_page(struc
m = addr;
goto found;
- hstate_next_node(h);
return 0;

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