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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/5] mm,memory_hotplug: Introduce MHP_MEMMAP_ON_MEMORY
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>>>
>>> or
>>> add_memory(0x1000, size_memory_block * 3);
>>>
>>> [memblock #0 ]
>>> [0 - 1533 pfns ] - vmemmap for section#{0-2}
>>> [1534 - 98304 pfns] - normal memory
>>>
>>> When using larger memory blocks (1GB or 2GB), the principle is the same.
>>>
>>> Of course, per whole-range granularity is nicer when it comes to have a large
>>> contigous area, while per memory-block granularity allows us to have flexibility
>>> when removing the memory.
>>
>> E.g., in my virtio-mem I am currently adding all memory blocks
>> separately either way (to guranatee that remove_memory() works cleanly -
>> see __release_memory_resource()), and to control the amount of
>> not-offlined memory blocks (e.g., to make user space is actually
>> onlining them). As it's just a prototype, this might change of course in
>> the future.
>
> What is virtio-mem for? Did it that raised from a need?
> Is it something you could try this patch on?

virtio-mem is a paravirtualized way of hotplugging/removing to/from a
guest. (similar to, but different to e.g., the hv-balloon). It
adds/removes memory to/from the system. In the long term, it will try to
also act similar-but different to a balloon - but that will require more
work. In the first shot, it's all about adding/removing memory in the
smaller granularity possible.

The old prototype was

https://lwn.net/Articles/755423/

Since then, a lot changed. Some more updated information is at

https://events.linuxfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/virtio-mem-Paravirtualized-Memory-David-Hildenbrand-Red-Hat-1.pdf

There is also a recording of the presentation on youtube.

The current prototype is unfortunately not in a state yet that allows me
to test with this patch set - my Master's thesis consumed most of my
energy during the last year. I just started hacking on it again.

--

Thanks,

David / dhildenb

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