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SubjectRe: [PATCH/RFCv4 0/6] The Contiguous Memory Allocator framework
On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:36:24 +0900
Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 1:30 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
> <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
> > On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 13:06:28 +0900
> > Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> On Thu, Aug 26, 2010 at 12:44 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki
> >> <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
> >> > On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 11:50:17 +0900
> >> > KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> >> 128MB...too big ? But it's depend on config.
> >> >>
> >> >> IBM's ppc guys used 16MB section, and recently, a new interface to shrink
> >> >> the number of /sys files are added, maybe usable.
> >> >>
> >> >> Something good with this approach will be you can create "cma" memory
> >> >> before installing driver.
> >> >>
> >> >> But yes, complicated and need some works.
> >> >>
> >> > Ah, I need to clarify what I want to say.
> >> >
> >> > With compaction, it's helpful, but you can't get contiguous memory larger
> >> > than MAX_ORDER, I think. To get memory larger than MAX_ORDER on demand,
> >> > memory hot-plug code has almost all necessary things.
> >>
> >> True. Doesn't patch's idea of Christoph helps this ?
> >> http://lwn.net/Articles/200699/
> >>
> >
> > yes, I think so. But, IIRC,  it's own purpose of Chirstoph's work is
> > for removing zones. please be careful what's really necessary.
>
> Ahh. Sorry for missing point.
> You're right. The patch can't help our problem.
>
> How about changing following this?
> The thing is MAX_ORDER is static. But we want to avoid too big
> MAX_ORDER of whole zones to support devices which requires big
> allocation chunk.
> So let's add MAX_ORDER into each zone and then, each zone can have
> different max order.
> For example, while DMA[32], NORMAL, HIGHMEM can have normal size 11,
> MOVABLE zone could have a 15.
>
> This approach has a big side effect?
>

Hm...need to check hard coded MAX_ORDER usages...I don't think
side-effect is big. Hmm. But I think enlarging MAX_ORDER isn't an
important thing. A code which strips contiguous chunks of pages from
buddy allocator is a necessaty thing, as..

What I can think of at 1st is...
==
int steal_pages(unsigned long start_pfn, unsigned long end_pfn)
{
/* Be careful mutal execution with memory hotplug, because reusing code */

split [start_pfn, end_pfn) to pageblock_order

for each pageblock in the range {
Mark this block as MIGRATE_ISOLATE
try-to-free pages in the range or
migrate pages in the range to somewhere.
/* Here all pages in the range are on buddy allocator
and free and never be allocated by anyone else. */
}

please see __rmqueue_fallback(). it selects migration-type at 1st.
Then, if you can pass start_migratetype of MIGLATE_ISOLATE,
you can automatically strip all MIGRATE_ISOLATE pages from free_area[].

return chunk of pages.
}
==

Thanks,
-Kame



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