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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] mm: Create non-atomic version of SetPageReserved for init use
On Tue, Sep 4, 2018 at 11:24 PM Michal Hocko <> wrote:
> On Tue 04-09-18 11:33:45, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > From: Alexander Duyck <>
> >
> > It doesn't make much sense to use the atomic SetPageReserved at init time
> > when we are using memset to clear the memory and manipulating the page
> > flags via simple "&=" and "|=" operations in __init_single_page.
> >
> > This patch adds a non-atomic version __SetPageReserved that can be used
> > during page init and shows about a 10% improvement in initialization times
> > on the systems I have available for testing.
> I agree with Dave about a comment is due. I am also quite surprised that
> this leads to such a large improvement. Could you be more specific about
> your test and machines you were testing on?

So my test case has been just initializing 4 3TB blocks of persistent
memory with a few trace_printk values added to track total time in

What I have been seeing is that the time needed for the call drops on
average from 35-36 seconds down to around 31-32.

> Other than that the patch makes sense to me.
> > Signed-off-by: Alexander Duyck <>
> With the above addressed, feel free to add
> Acked-by: Michal Hocko <>
> Thanks!

As far as adding a comment are we just talking about why it is
reserved, or do we need a description of the __SetPageReserved versus
SetPageReserved. For now I was looking at adding a comment like:
@@ -5517,8 +5517,13 @@ void __meminit memmap_init_zone(unsigned long
size, int nid, unsigned long zone,
page = pfn_to_page(pfn);
__init_single_page(page, pfn, zone, nid);
+ /*
+ * Mark page reserved as it will need to wait for onlining
+ * phase for it to be fully associated with a zone.
+ */
if (context == MEMMAP_HOTPLUG)
- SetPageReserved(page);
+ __SetPageReserved(page);

* Mark the block movable so that blocks are reserved for

Any thoughts on this?


- Alex

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