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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/5] mm,memory_hotplug: Introduce MHP_VMEMMAP_FLAGS
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On 25.07.19 11:27, Oscar Salvador wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 24, 2019 at 01:11:52PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
>> On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 12:53 AM Oscar Salvador <osalvador@suse.de> wrote:
>>>
>>> This patch introduces MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE and MHP_MEMMAP_MEMBLOCK flags,
>>> and prepares the callers that add memory to take a "flags" parameter.
>>> This "flags" parameter will be evaluated later on in Patch#3
>>> to init mhp_restrictions struct.
>>>
>>> The callers are:
>>>
>>> add_memory
>>> __add_memory
>>> add_memory_resource
>>>
>>> Unfortunately, we do not have a single entry point to add memory, as depending
>>> on the requisites of the caller, they want to hook up in different places,
>>> (e.g: Xen reserve_additional_memory()), so we have to spread the parameter
>>> in the three callers.
>>>
>>> The flags are either MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE or MHP_MEMMAP_MEMBLOCK, and only differ
>>> in the way they allocate vmemmap pages within the memory blocks.
>>>
>>> MHP_MEMMAP_MEMBLOCK:
>>> - With this flag, we will allocate vmemmap pages in each memory block.
>>> This means that if we hot-add a range that spans multiple memory blocks,
>>> we will use the beginning of each memory block for the vmemmap pages.
>>> This strategy is good for cases where the caller wants the flexiblity
>>> to hot-remove memory in a different granularity than when it was added.
>>>
>>> E.g:
>>> We allocate a range (x,y], that spans 3 memory blocks, and given
>>> memory block size = 128MB.
>>> [memblock#0 ]
>>> [0 - 511 pfns ] - vmemmaps for section#0
>>> [512 - 32767 pfns ] - normal memory
>>>
>>> [memblock#1 ]
>>> [32768 - 33279 pfns] - vmemmaps for section#1
>>> [33280 - 65535 pfns] - normal memory
>>>
>>> [memblock#2 ]
>>> [65536 - 66047 pfns] - vmemmap for section#2
>>> [66048 - 98304 pfns] - normal memory
>>>
>>> MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE:
>>> - With this flag, we will store all vmemmap pages at the beginning of
>>> hot-added memory.
>>>
>>> E.g:
>>> We allocate a range (x,y], that spans 3 memory blocks, and given
>>> memory block size = 128MB.
>>> [memblock #0 ]
>>> [0 - 1533 pfns ] - vmemmap for section#{0-2}
>>> [1534 - 98304 pfns] - normal memory
>>>
>>> When using larger memory blocks (1GB or 2GB), the principle is the same.
>>>
>>> Of course, MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE is nicer when it comes to have a large contigous
>>> area, while MHP_MEMMAP_MEMBLOCK allows us to have flexibility when removing the
>>> memory.
>>
>> Concept and patch looks good to me, but I don't quite like the
>> proliferation of the _DEVICE naming, in theory it need not necessarily
>> be ZONE_DEVICE that is the only user of that flag. I also think it
>> might be useful to assign a flag for the default 'allocate from RAM'
>> case, just so the code is explicit. So, how about:
>
> Well, MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE is not tied to ZONE_DEVICE.
> MHP_MEMMAP_DEVICE was chosen to make a difference between:
>
> * allocate memmap pages for the whole memory-device
> * allocate memmap pages on each memoryblock that this memory-device spans

I agree that DEVICE is misleading here, you are assuming a one-to-one
mapping between a device and add_memory(). You are actually taliing
about "allocate a single chunk of mmap pages for the whole memory range
that is added - which could consist of multiple memory blocks".

--

Thanks,

David / dhildenb

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