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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] kdump: Enter 2nd kernel with BSP for enabling multiple CPUs
So, the reason why you want to have multiple CPU's enabled in the 2nd
kernel is to speed up the compression of the core dump?

The first question is that, why the speed is important? Given the fact
that the whole kdump progress happens automatically nowdays, there should
be very few guys waiting for a kdump to complete, so the speed is not that

Second, currently we use nr_cpus=1 for the 2nd kernel on RHEL6,
to reduce the memory usage in the 2nd kernel. You mentioned
512M is a limit, but we want to make it even less, even 512M is
not a good choice for us on x86. Bringing up more than 1 CPU will
of course need more memory in the 2nd kernel.

The limit is not only the size, but also the max address of loading
initrd, which is 896M on x86 IIRC. A contiguos memory area larger
than 512M usually sit above 869M, due to the fragmentation in
the lower memory, so I am afraid you need to do (much?) more work.

So, I am afraid you spend too much effort to fix a not-that-important
issue, but I may miss something here...


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