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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 4/4] mm: Defer ZONE_DEVICE page initialization to the point where we init pgmap
On Wed 10-10-18 09:39:08, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> On 10/10/2018 2:58 AM, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > On Tue 09-10-18 13:26:41, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > [...]
> > > I would think with that being the case we still probably need the call to
> > > __SetPageReserved to set the bit with the expectation that it will not be
> > > cleared for device-pages since the pages are not onlined. Removing the call
> > > to __SetPageReserved would probably introduce a number of regressions as
> > > there are multiple spots that use the reserved bit to determine if a page
> > > can be swapped out to disk, mapped as system memory, or migrated.
> >
> > PageReserved is meant to tell any potential pfn walkers that might get
> > to this struct page to back off and not touch it. Even though
> > ZONE_DEVICE doesn't online pages in traditional sense it makes those
> > pages available for further use so the page reserved bit should be
> > cleared.
> So from what I can tell that isn't necessarily the case. Specifically if the
> special cases where the memory may not be accessible to the CPU or cannot be
> pinned in order to allow for eviction.

Could you give me an example please?

> The specific case that Dan and Yi are referring to is for the type
> MEMORY_DEVICE_FS_DAX. For that type I could probably look at not setting the
> reserved bit. Part of me wants to say that we should wait and clear the bit
> later, but that would end up just adding time back to initialization. At
> this point I would consider the change more of a follow-up optimization
> rather than a fix though since this is tailoring things specifically for DAX
> versus the other ZONE_DEVICE types.

I thought I have already made it clear that these zone device hacks are
not acceptable to the generic hotplug code. If the current reserve bit
handling is not correct then give us a specific reason for that and we
can start thinking about the proper fix.

Michal Hocko

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