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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] of, numa: Validate some distance map rules
On Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 06:17:03PM +0800, John Garry wrote:
> Currently the NUMA distance map parsing does not validate the distance
> table for the distance-matrix rules 1-2 in [1].
> However the arch NUMA code may enforce some of these rules, but not all.
> Such is the case for the arm64 port, which does not enforce the rule that
> the distance between separates nodes cannot equal LOCAL_DISTANCE.
> The patch adds the following rules validation:
> - distance of node to self equals LOCAL_DISTANCE
> - distance of separate nodes > LOCAL_DISTANCE
> This change avoids a yet-unresolved crash reported in [2].
> A note on dealing with symmetrical distances between nodes:
> Validating symmetrical distances between nodes is difficult. If it were
> mandated in the bindings that every distance must be recorded in the
> table, then it would be easy. However, it isn't.
> In addition to this, it is also possible to record [b, a] distance only
> (and not [a, b]). So, when processing the table for [b, a], we cannot
> assert that current distance of [a, b] != [b, a] as invalid, as [a, b]
> distance may not be present in the table and current distance would be
> default at REMOTE_DISTANCE.
> As such, we maintain the policy that we overwrite distance [a, b] = [b, a]
> for b > a. This policy is different to kernel ACPI SLIT validation, which
> allows non-symmetrical distances (ACPI spec SLIT rules allow it). However,
> the distance debug message is dropped as it may be misleading (for a distance
> which is later overwritten).
> Some final notes on semantics:
> - It is implied that it is the responsibility of the arch NUMA code to
> reset the NUMA distance map for an error in distance map parsing.
> - It is the responsibility of the FW NUMA topology parsing (whether OF or
> ACPI) to enforce NUMA distance rules, and not arch NUMA code.
> [1] Documents/devicetree/bindings/numa.txt
> [2]
> Cc: # 4.7
> Signed-off-by: John Garry <>
> Acked-by: Will Deacon <>
> ---

Applied, thanks.


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