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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/7] node: Add heterogenous memory performance
On Mon, Nov 19, 2018 at 09:05:07AM +0530, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> 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.

Sure, I'm just starting with the attributes available from HMAT,
If there are additional possible attributes that make sense to add, I
don't see why we can't continue appending them if this patch is okay.

> > 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.

That seems less friendly to use if forces the application to figure out
which CPU is the best for a given memory node rather than just provide
that answer directly.

> > 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.

Right, CPUs and memory sharing a proximity domain are assumed to be
local to each other, so not going to set up those links to itself.

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