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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/14] Parallel memory initialisation
On Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:16:52 +0100 Mel Gorman <> wrote:

> Memory initialisation

I wish we didn't call this "memory initialization". Because memory
initialization is memset(), and that isn't what we're doing here.

Installation? Bringup?

> had been identified as one of the reasons why large
> machines take a long time to boot. Patches were posted a long time ago
> that attempted to move deferred initialisation into the page allocator
> paths. This was rejected on the grounds it should not be necessary to hurt
> the fast paths to parallelise initialisation. This series reuses much of
> the work from that time but defers the initialisation of memory to kswapd
> so that one thread per node initialises memory local to that node. The
> issue is that on the machines I tested with, memory initialisation was not
> a major contributor to boot times. I'm posting the RFC to both review the
> series and see if it actually helps users of very large machines.
> ...
> 15 files changed, 507 insertions(+), 98 deletions(-)

Sadface at how large and complex this is. I'd hoped the way we were
going to do this was by bringing up a bit of memory to get booted up,
then later on we just fake a bunch of memory hot-add operations. So
the new code would be pretty small and quite high-level.

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