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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/7] node: Link memory nodes to their compute nodes
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On 11/15/2018 08:29 PM, Keith Busch wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 15, 2018 at 05:57:10AM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 14, 2018 at 03:49:14PM -0700, Keith Busch wrote:
>>> Memory-only nodes will often have affinity to a compute node, and
>>> platforms have ways to express that locality relationship.
>>>
>>> A node containing CPUs or other DMA devices that can initiate memory
>>> access are referred to as "memory iniators". A "memory target" is a
>>> node that provides at least one phyiscal address range accessible to a
>>> memory initiator.
>>
>> I think I may be confused here. If there is _no_ link from node X to
>> node Y, does that mean that node X's CPUs cannot access the memory on
>> node Y? In my mind, all nodes can access all memory in the system,
>> just not with uniform bandwidth/latency.
>
> The link is just about which nodes are "local". It's like how nodes have
> a cpulist. Other CPUs not in the node's list can acces that node's memory,
> but the ones in the mask are local, and provide useful optimization hints.
>
> Would a node mask would be prefered to symlinks?

Having hint for local affinity is definitely a plus but this must provide
the coherency matrix to the user preferably in the form of a nodemask for
each memory target.

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