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SubjectRe: [QUESTIONS] THP allocation in NUMA fault migration path
On Wed 17-04-19 21:15:41, Yang Shi wrote:
> Hi folks,
>
>
> I noticed that there might be new THP allocation in NUMA fault migration
> path (migrate_misplaced_transhuge_page()) even when THP is disabled (set to
> "never"). When THP is set to "never", there should be not any new THP
> allocation, but the migration path is kind of special. So I'm not quite sure
> if this is the expected behavior or not?
>
>
> And, it looks this allocation disregards defrag setting too, is this
> expected behavior too?H

Could you point to the specific code? But in general the miTgration path
should allocate the memory matching the migration origin. If the origin
was a THP then I find it quite natural if the target was a huge page as
well. How hard the allocation should try is another question and I
suspect we do want to obedy the defrag setting.
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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