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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/mm: Create an SME workarea in the kernel for early encryption
On 6/12/19 10:00 AM, Dave Hansen wrote:
> On 6/12/19 6:32 AM, Lendacky, Thomas wrote:
>> Create a section for SME in the Position it after "_end"
>> so that the memory will be reclaimed during boot and, since it is all
>> zeroes, it compresses well.
> I don't think I realized that things after _end get reclaimed. Do we do
> that at the same spot that we do init data or somewhere else?

I was looking at the start of setup_arch() in arch/x86/kernel/setup.c,
where there's a memblock_reserve() done for the kernel (it reserves from
_text to __bss_stop, not all the way to _end, and later the brk area
is reserved). At that point, my take was that the memory outside the
reserved area is now available (and there's a comment below that to that
effect, also), so the .sme section would basically be discarded and
re-claimed for general page usage.

> How much does compressing 8MB of zeros slow down my kernel compile? ;)

Heh, I didn't measure that. :)


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