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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] arm64: make section size configurable for memory hotplug
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On 1/11/21 3:43 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 11.01.21 05:17, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 1/8/21 9:00 PM, David Hildenbrand wrote:
>>>> To summarize, the section size bits for each base page size config
>>>> should always
>>>>
>>>> a. Avoid (MAX_ORDER - 1 + PAGE_SHIFT) > SECTION_SIZE_BITS
>>>
>>> Pageblocks must also always fall completely into a section.
>>>
>>>>
>>>> b. Provide minimum possible section size for a given base page config to
>>>> have increased agility during memory hotplug operations and reduced
>>>> vmemmap wastage for sections with holes.
>>>
>>> OTOH, making the section size too small (e.g., 16MB) creates way to many
>>> memory block devices in /sys/devices/system/memory/, and might consume
>>> too many page->flags bits in the !vmemmap case.
>>>
>>> For bigger setups, we might, similar to x86-64 (e.g., >= 64 GiB),
>>> determine the memory_block_size_bytes() at runtime (spanning multiple
>>> sections then), once it becomes relevant.
>>>
>>>>
>>>> c. Allow 4K base page configs to have PMD based vmemmap mappings
>>>
>>> Agreed.
>>>
>>>>
>>>> Because CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER is always defined on arm64 platform,
>>>> the following would always avoid the condition (a)
>>>>
>>>> SECTION_SIZE_BITS (CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER - 1 + PAGE_SHIFT)
>>>>
>>>> - 22 (11 - 1 + 12) for 4K pages
>>>> - 24 (11 - 1 + 14) for 16K pages without THP
>>>> - 25 (12 - 1 + 14) for 16K pages with THP
>>>> - 26 (11 - 1 + 16) for 64K pages without THP
>>>> - 29 (14 - 1 + 16) for 64K pages with THP
>>>>
>>>> Apart from overriding 4K base page size config to have 27 as section size
>>>> bits, should not all other values be okay here ? But then wondering what
>>>> benefit 128MB (27 bits) section size for 16K config would have ? OR the
>>>> objective here is to match 16K page size config with default x86-64.
>>>
>>> We don't want to have sections that are too small. We don't want to have
>>> sections that are too big :)
>>>
>>> Not sure if we really want to allow setting e.g., a section size of 4
>>> MB. That's just going to hurt. IMHO, something in the range of 64..256
>>> MB is quite a good choice, where possible.
>>>
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> (If we worry about the number of section bits in page->flags, we could
>>>>> glue it to vmemmap support where that does not matter)
>>>>
>>>> Could you please elaborate ? Could smaller section size bits numbers like
>>>> 22 or 24 create problems in page->flags without changing other parameters
>>>> like NR_CPUS or NODES_SHIFT ? A quick test with 64K base page without THP
>>>
>>> Yes, in the !vmemmap case, we have to store the section_nr in there.
>>> IIRC, it's less of an issue with section sizes like 128 MB.
>>>
>>>> i.e 26 bits in section size, fails to boot.
>>>
>>> 26 bits would mean 64 MB, no? Not sure if that's possible even without
>>> THP (MAX_ORDER - 1, pageblock_order ...) on 64k pages. I'd assume 512 MB
>>> is the lowest we can go. I'd assume this would crash :)
>>>
>>>>
>>>> As you have suggested, probably constant defaults (128MB for 4K/16K, 512MB
>>>> for 64K) might be better than depending on the CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER,
>>>> at least for now.
>>>
>>> That's also what I would prefer, keeping it simple.
>>
>> Okay sure, will send a RFC to begin with.
>>
>
> Note that there is
>
> https://lkml.kernel.org/r/15cf9a2359197fee0168f820c5c904650d07939e.1610146597.git.sudaraja@codeaurora.org
>
> (Sudarshan missed to cc linux-mm)
>

Right, some how missed that. Anyways, ended up spending some time testing
the change for various configs.

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