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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] alloc_contig_pages() allocate big chunk memory using migration
On Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:25:56 +0900
Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 19, 2010 at 05:15:28PM +0900, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> > From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
> >
> > Add an function to allocate contiguous memory larger than MAX_ORDER.
> > The main difference between usual page allocator is that this uses
> > memory offline technique (Isolate pages and migrate remaining pages.).
> >
> > I think this is not 100% solution because we can't avoid fragmentation,
> > but we have kernelcore= boot option and can create MOVABLE zone. That
> > helps us to allow allocate a contiguous range on demand.
> >
> > The new function is
> >
> > alloc_contig_pages(base, end, nr_pages, alignment)
> >
> > This function will allocate contiguous pages of nr_pages from the range
> > [base, end). If [base, end) is bigger than nr_pages, some pfn which
> > meats alignment will be allocated. If alignment is smaller than MAX_ORDER,
> > it will be raised to be MAX_ORDER.
> >
> > __alloc_contig_pages() has much more arguments.
> >
> >
> > Some drivers allocates contig pages by bootmem or hiding some memory
> > from the kernel at boot. But if contig pages are necessary only in some
> > situation, kernelcore= boot option and using page migration is a choice.
> >
> > Changelog: 2010-11-19
> > - removed no_search
> > - removed some drain_ functions because they are heavy.
> > - check -ENOMEM case
> >
> > Changelog: 2010-10-26
> > - support gfp_t
> > - support zonelist/nodemask
> > - support [base, end)
> > - support alignment
> >
> > Signed-off-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com>
> Acked-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com>
>
> Trivial comment below.
>
> > +EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(alloc_contig_pages);
> > +
> > +struct page *alloc_contig_pages_host(unsigned long nr_pages, int align_order)
> > +{
> > + return __alloc_contig_pages(0, max_pfn, nr_pages, align_order, -1,
> > + GFP_KERNEL | __GFP_MOVABLE, NULL);
> > +}
>
> We need include #include <linux/bootmem.h> for using max_pfn.
>

will add that.

Thanks,
-Kame



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