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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/7] node: Add heterogenous memory performance

On 11/15/2018 04:19 AM, Keith Busch wrote:
> Heterogeneous memory systems provide memory nodes with latency
> and bandwidth performance attributes that are different from other
> nodes. Create an interface for the kernel to register these attributes

There are other properties like power consumption, reliability which can
be associated with a particular PA range. Also the set of properties has
to be extensible for the future.

> under the node that provides the memory. If the system provides this
> information, applications can query the node attributes when deciding
> which node to request memory.

Right but each (memory initiator, memory target) should have these above
mentioned properties enumerated to have an 'property as seen' from kind
of semantics.

> When multiple memory initiators exist, accessing the same memory target
> from each may not perform the same as the other. The highest performing
> initiator to a given target is considered to be a local initiator for
> that target. The kernel provides performance attributes only for the
> local initiators.

As mentioned above the interface must enumerate a future extensible set
of properties for each (memory initiator, memory target) pair available
on the system.

> The memory's compute node should be symlinked in sysfs as one of the
> node's initiators.

Right. IIUC the first patch skips the linking process of for two nodes A
and B if (A == B) preventing association to local memory initiator.

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