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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/8] mm/memory_hotplug: allow to specify a default online_type
On 03/17/20 at 11:49am, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> Distributions nowadays use udev rules ([1] [2]) to specify if and
> how to online hotplugged memory. The rules seem to get more complex with
> many special cases. Due to the various special cases,
> CONFIG_MEMORY_HOTPLUG_DEFAULT_ONLINE cannot be used. All memory hotplug
> is handled via udev rules.
>
> Everytime we hotplug memory, the udev rule will come to the same
> conclusion. Especially Hyper-V (but also soon virtio-mem) add a lot of
> memory in separate memory blocks and wait for memory to get onlined by user
> space before continuing to add more memory blocks (to not add memory faster
> than it is getting onlined). This of course slows down the whole memory
> hotplug process.
>
> To make the job of distributions easier and to avoid udev rules that get
> more and more complicated, let's extend the mechanism provided by
> - /sys/devices/system/memory/auto_online_blocks
> - "memhp_default_state=" on the kernel cmdline
> to be able to specify also "online_movable" as well as "online_kernel"

This patch series looks good, thanks. Since Andrew has merged it to -mm again,
I won't add my Reviewed-by to bother.

Hi David, Vitaly

There are several things unclear to me.

So, these improved interfaces are used to alleviate the burden of the
existing udev rules, or try to replace it? As you know, we have been
using udev rules to interact between kernel and user space on bare metal,
and guests who want to hot add/remove.

And also the OOM issue in hyperV when onlining pages after adding memory
block. I am not a virt devel expert, could this happen on bare metal
system?

Thanks
Baoquan

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