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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH v2 01/21] e820: cheat PMEM as DRAM
On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 9:13 PM Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 8:11 PM Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 07:41:41PM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > >On Wed, Dec 26, 2018 at 09:14:47PM +0800, Fengguang Wu wrote:
> > >> From: Fan Du <fan.du@intel.com>
> > >>
> > >> This is a hack to enumerate PMEM as NUMA nodes.
> > >> It's necessary for current BIOS that don't yet fill ACPI HMAT table.
> > >>
> > >> WARNING: take care to backup. It is mutual exclusive with libnvdimm
> > >> subsystem and can destroy ndctl managed namespaces.
> > >
> > >Why depend on firmware to present this "correctly"? It seems to me like
> > >less effort all around to have ndctl label some namespaces as being for
> > >this kind of use.
> >
> > Dave Hansen may be more suitable to answer your question. He posted
> > patches to make PMEM NUMA node coexist with libnvdimm and ndctl:
> >
> > [PATCH 0/9] Allow persistent memory to be used like normal RAM
> > https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/10/23/9
> >
> > That depends on future BIOS. So we did this quick hack to test out
> > PMEM NUMA node for the existing BIOS.
>
> No, it does not depend on a future BIOS.

It is correct. We already have Dave's patches + Dan's patch (added
target_node field) work on our machine which has SRAT.

Thanks,
Yang

>
> Willy, have a look here [1], here [2], and here [3] for the
> work-in-progress ndctl takeover approach (actually 'daxctl' in this
> case).
>
> [1]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/10/23/9
> [2]: https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/10/31/243
> [3]: https://lists.01.org/pipermail/linux-nvdimm/2018-November/018677.html
>

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