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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] x86: Define _PAGE_NUMA with unused physical address bits PMD and PTE levels
On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 12:02:50PM -0400, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> .snip..
> > >>> David Vrabel has a patchset which I presumed would be pulled through
> > >the
> > >>> Xen tree this merge window:
> > >>>
> > >>> [PATCHv5 0/8] x86/xen: fixes for mapping high MMIO regions (and
> > >remove
> > >>> _PAGE_IOMAP)
> > >>>
> > >>> That frees up this bit.
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >> Thanks, I was not aware of that patch. Based on it, I intend to
> > >force
> > >> automatic NUMA balancing to depend on !XEN and see what the reaction
> > >is. If
> > >> support for Xen is really required then it potentially be re-enabled
> > >if/when
> > >> that series is merged assuming they do not need the bit for something
> > >else.
> > >>
> > >
> > >Amazon EC2 does have large memory instance types with NUMA exposed to
> > >the guest (e.g. c3.8xlarge, i2.8xlarge, etc), so it'd be preferable
> > >(to me anyway) if we didn't require !XEN.
>
> What about the patch that David Vrabel posted:
>
> http://osdir.com/ml/general/2014-03/msg41979.html
>
> Has anybody taken it for a spin?

Alternatively "[PATCH 4/5] mm: use paravirt friendly ops for NUMA
hinting ptes" which modifies the NUMA pte helpers instead of the main
set/clear ones.

--
Mel Gorman
SUSE Labs


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