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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/1] powerpc/kernel: Enables memory hot-remove after reboot on pseries guests
On Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 04:51:57PM -0300, Leonardo Bras wrote:
> While providing guests, it's desirable to resize it's memory on demand.
> By now, it's possible to do so by creating a guest with a small base
> memory, hot-plugging all the rest, and using 'movable_node' kernel
> command-line parameter, which puts all hot-plugged memory in
> ZONE_MOVABLE, allowing it to be removed whenever needed.
> But there is an issue regarding guest reboot:
> If memory is hot-plugged, and then the guest is rebooted, all hot-plugged
> memory goes to ZONE_NORMAL, which offers no guaranteed hot-removal.
> It usually prevents this memory to be hot-removed from the guest.
> It's possible to use device-tree information to fix that behavior, as
> it stores flags for LMB ranges on ibm,dynamic-memory-vN.
> It involves marking each memblock with the correct flags as hotpluggable
> memory, which mm/memblock.c puts in ZONE_MOVABLE during boot if
> 'movable_node' is passed.
> For carrying such information, the new flag DRCONF_MEM_HOTREMOVABLE was
> proposed and accepted into Power Architecture documentation.
> This flag should be:
> - true (b=1) if the hypervisor may want to hot-remove it later, and
> - false (b=0) if it does not care.
> During boot, guest kernel reads the device-tree, early_init_drmem_lmb()
> is called for every added LMBs. Here, checking for this new flag and
> marking memblocks as hotplugable memory is enough to get the desirable
> behavior.
> This should cause no change if 'movable_node' parameter is not passed
> in kernel command-line.
> Signed-off-by: Leonardo Bras <>
> Reviewed-by: Bharata B Rao <>
> ---
> Changes since v2:
> - New flag name changed from DRCONF_MEM_HOTPLUGGED to

The patch would be more complete with the following change that ensures
that DRCONF_MEM_HOTREMOVABLE flag is set for non-boot-time hotplugged
memory too. This will ensure that ibm,dynamic-memory-vN property
reflects the right flags value for memory that gets hotplugged
post boot.

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/platforms/pseries/hotplug-memory.c b/arch/powerpc/platforms/pseries/hotplug-memory.c
index a4d40a3ceea3..6d75f6e182ae 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/platforms/pseries/hotplug-memory.c
+++ b/arch/powerpc/platforms/pseries/hotplug-memory.c
@@ -395,7 +395,8 @@ static int dlpar_remove_lmb(struct drmem_lmb *lmb)

- lmb->flags &= ~DRCONF_MEM_ASSIGNED;
+ lmb->flags &= ~(DRCONF_MEM_ASSIGNED |

return 0;
@@ -678,7 +679,8 @@ static int dlpar_add_lmb(struct drmem_lmb *lmb)
} else {
- lmb->flags |= DRCONF_MEM_ASSIGNED;
+ lmb->flags |= (DRCONF_MEM_ASSIGNED |

return rc;

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