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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/3] mm/memory_hotplug: Create __shrink_pages and move it to offline_pages
On Tue, Aug 07, 2018 at 06:13:45PM -0400, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > And since we know for sure that memhotplug-code cannot call it with ZONE_DEVICE,
> > I think this can be done easily.
>
> This might change down road but for now this is correct. They are
> talks to enumerate device memory through standard platform mechanisms
> and thus the kernel might see new types of resources down the road and
> maybe we will want to hotplug them directly from regular hotplug path
> as ZONE_DEVICE (lot of hypothetical at this point ;)).

Well, I think that if that happens this whole thing will become
much easier, since we will not have several paths for doing the same thing.

Another thing that I realized is that while we want to move all operation-pages
from remove_memory() path to offline_pages(), this can get tricky.

Unless I am missing something, the devices from HMM and devm are not being registered
against "memory_subsys" struct, and so, they never get to call memory_subsys_offline()
and so offline_pages().

Which means that we would have to call __remove_zone() from those paths.
But this alone will not work.

find_smallest/biggest_section_pfn are two functions that are being called from

shrink_pgdat_span
and
shrink_zone_span

to adjust zone_first_pfn/node_first_pfn and the spanned pages.

Currently, find_smallest/biggest_section_pfn checks for the secion to be valid,
and this is fine since we are removing those sections from the remove_memory path.

But if we want to move __remove_zone() to offline_pages(), we have to use
online_section() instead of valid_section().

This is all fine from offline_pages because the sections get offlined in:

__offline_pages
offline_isolated_pages
offline_isolated_pages_cb
__offline_isolated_pages
offline_mem_sections


But this does not happen in HMM/devm path.

I am pretty sure this is a dumb question, but why HMM/devm path
do not call online_pages/offline_pages?

Thanks
--
Oscar Salvador
SUSE L3

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