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SubjectRe: [patch] x86: allow ZONE_DMA to be configurable
On Wed, 13 Oct 2010 17:15:04 -0700 (PDT) David Rientjes <rientjes@google.com> wrote:

> ZONE_DMA is unnecessary for a large number of machines that do not
> require addressing in the lower 16MB of memory because they do not use
> ISA devices with 16-bit address registers (plus one page byte register).
>
> This patch allows users to disable ZONE_DMA for x86 if they know they
> will not be using such devices with their kernel.
>
> This prevents the VM from unnecessarily reserving a ratio of memory
> (defaulting to 1/256th of system capacity) with lowmem_reserve_ratio
> for such allocations when it will never be used.
>

I wonder how hard it would be to do this at runtime, probably with a
boot parameter.

I'd be a little concerned at the effects of this on page reclaim and
the page allocator - it might expose weird pre-existing bugs or
inefficiencies. But we can cross that bridge when we fall off it, I
guess.



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