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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/9] Allow persistent memory to be used like normal RAM
On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 8:56 AM Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com> wrote:
>
> On 12/3/18 1:22 AM, Brice Goglin wrote:
> > Le 22/10/2018 à 22:13, Dave Hansen a écrit :
> > What happens on systems without an HMAT? Does this new memory get merged
> > into existing NUMA nodes?
>
> It gets merged into the persistent memory device's node, as told by the
> firmware. Intel's persistent memory should always be in its own node,
> separate from DRAM.
>
> > Also, do you plan to have a way for applications to find out which NUMA
> > nodes are "real DRAM" while others are "pmem-backed"? (something like a
> > new attribute in /sys/devices/system/node/nodeX/) Or should we use HMAT
> > performance attributes for this?
>
> The best way is to use the sysfs-generic interfaces to the HMAT that
> Keith Busch is pushing. In the end, we really think folks will only
> care about the memory's performance properties rather than whether it's
> *actually* persistent memory or not.

It's also important to point out that "persistent memory" by itself is
an ambiguous memory type. It's anything from new media with distinct
performance characteristics to battery backed DRAM. I.e. the
performance of "persistent memory" may be indistinguishable from "real
DRAM".

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