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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 3/5] mm,memory_hotplug: Add kernel boot option to enable memmap_on_memory
On Fri 19-03-21 10:26:33, Oscar Salvador wrote:
> Self stored memmap leads to a sparse memory situation which is unsuitable
> for workloads that requires large contiguous memory chunks, so make this
> an opt-in which needs to be explicitly enabled.
>
> To control this, let memory_hotplug have its own memory space, as suggested
> by David, so we can add memory_hotplug.memmap_on_memory parameter.
>
> Signed-off-by: Oscar Salvador <osalvador@suse.de>
> Reviewed-by: David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>

Acked-by: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>

I would just rephrased the help text to be less low level
> ---
> Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt | 16 ++++++++++++++++
> mm/Makefile | 5 ++++-
> mm/memory_hotplug.c | 10 +++++++++-
> 3 files changed, 29 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> index 04545725f187..d29b96e50c5c 100644
> --- a/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt
> @@ -2794,6 +2794,22 @@
> seconds. Use this parameter to check at some
> other rate. 0 disables periodic checking.
>
> + memory_hotplug.memmap_on_memory
> + [KNL,X86,ARM] Boolean flag to enable this feature.
> + Format: {on | off (default)}
> + When enabled, memory to build the pages tables for the
> + memmap array describing the hot-added range will be taken
> + from the range itself, so the memmap page tables will be
> + self-hosted.
> + Since only single memory device ranges are supported at
> + the moment, this option is disabled by default because
> + it might have an impact on workloads that needs large
> + contiguous memory chunks.
> + The state of the flag can be read in
> + /sys/module/memory_hotplug/parameters/memmap_on_memory.
> + Note that even when enabled, there are a few cases where
> + the feature is not effective.
> +

When enabled, runtime hotplugged memory will
allocate its internal metadata (struct pages)
from the hotadded memory which will allow to
hotadd a lot of memory without requiring
additional memory to do so.
This feature is disabled by default because it
has some implication on large (e.g. GB)
allocations in some configurations (e.g. small
memory blocks).

> memtest= [KNL,X86,ARM,PPC] Enable memtest
> Format: <integer>
> default : 0 <disable>
> diff --git a/mm/Makefile b/mm/Makefile
> index 72227b24a616..82ae9482f5e3 100644
> --- a/mm/Makefile
> +++ b/mm/Makefile
> @@ -58,9 +58,13 @@ obj-y := filemap.o mempool.o oom_kill.o fadvise.o \
> page-alloc-y := page_alloc.o
> page-alloc-$(CONFIG_SHUFFLE_PAGE_ALLOCATOR) += shuffle.o
>
> +# Give 'memory_hotplug' its own module-parameter namespace
> +memory-hotplug-$(CONFIG_MEMORY_HOTPLUG) += memory_hotplug.o
> +
> obj-y += page-alloc.o
> obj-y += init-mm.o
> obj-y += memblock.o
> +obj-y += $(memory-hotplug-y)
>
> ifdef CONFIG_MMU
> obj-$(CONFIG_ADVISE_SYSCALLS) += madvise.o
> @@ -83,7 +87,6 @@ obj-$(CONFIG_SLUB) += slub.o
> obj-$(CONFIG_KASAN) += kasan/
> obj-$(CONFIG_KFENCE) += kfence/
> obj-$(CONFIG_FAILSLAB) += failslab.o
> -obj-$(CONFIG_MEMORY_HOTPLUG) += memory_hotplug.o
> obj-$(CONFIG_MEMTEST) += memtest.o
> obj-$(CONFIG_MIGRATION) += migrate.o
> obj-$(CONFIG_TRANSPARENT_HUGEPAGE) += huge_memory.o khugepaged.o
> diff --git a/mm/memory_hotplug.c b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
> index 350cde69a97d..c525e5dab859 100644
> --- a/mm/memory_hotplug.c
> +++ b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
> @@ -42,7 +42,15 @@
> #include "internal.h"
> #include "shuffle.h"
>
> -static bool memmap_on_memory;

The memmap_on_memory can be dropped from the 1st patch IIUC and only
introduce it now.

> +
> +/*
> + * memory_hotplug.memmap_on_memory parameter
> + */
> +static bool memmap_on_memory __ro_after_init;
> +#ifdef CONFIG_MHP_MEMMAP_ON_MEMORY
> +module_param(memmap_on_memory, bool, 0444);
> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(memmap_on_memory, "Enable memmap on memory for memory hotplug");
> +#endif

I am not very much familiar with the machinery. Does this expose the
state to the userspace?

--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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