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SubjectRe: [patch] x86: allow ZONE_DMA to be configurable
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> 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.

In this case, completely ZONE disablling is not required. 16MB saving
is not big matter. To prevent userland process use lower zone is necessary.

I have such patch, because 32bit highmem system has similar requirement.
(user process want to only use ZONE_HIGHMEM, otherwize ZONE_NORMAL easily
exshost)

I'll prepare to post them if necessary.






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