[PATCH 0/6] [RFC] Sizing zones and holes in an architecture independent manner

Bob Picco bob.picco at hp.com
Wed Apr 12 11:38:24 EST 2006

Mel Gorman wrote:	[Tue Apr 11 2006, 08:02:10PM EDT]
> On Tue, 11 Apr 2006, Bob Picco wrote:
> >luck wrote:	[Tue Apr 11 2006, 06:20:29PM EDT]
> >>On Tue, Apr 11, 2006 at 11:39:46AM +0100, Mel Gorman wrote:
> >>
> >>>The patches have only been *compile tested* for ia64 with a flatmem
> >>>configuration. At attempt was made to boot test on an ancient RS/6000
> >>>but the vanilla kernel does not boot so I have to investigate there.
> >>
> >>The good news: Compilation is clean on the ia64 config variants that
> >>I usually build (all 10 of them).
> >>
> >>The bad (or at least consistent) news: It doesn't boot on an Intel
> >>Tiger either (oops at kmem_cache_alloc+0x41).
> >>
> >>-Tony
> >I had a reply queued to report the same failure with
> >DISCONTIG+NUMA+VIRTUAL_MEM_MAP.  This was 2 CPU HP rx2600. I'll take a 
> >closer
> >look at the code tomorrow.
> >
> hmm, ok, so discontig.c is in use which narrows things down. When 
> build_node_maps() is called, I assumed that the start and end pfn passed 
> in was for a valid page range. Was this a valid assumption? When I re-read 
The addresses are a valid physical range. The caution should be that
filter_rsvd_memory converts the addresses from identity mapped to
physical. efi_memmap_walk calls back to function with identity mapped
addresses. What you've done seems okay.
BTW - I like want you are attempting to achieve.
> the comment, it implies that memory holes could be within this range which 
> would cause boot failures. If that is the case, the correct thing to do 
> was to call add_active_range() in count_node_pages() instead of 
> build_node_maps().
Yes that helps because of granules and it boots.  The patch below is applied 
on top of your original post. But..

Index: linux-2.6.17-rc1/arch/ia64/mm/discontig.c
--- linux-2.6.17-rc1.orig/arch/ia64/mm/discontig.c	2006-04-11 20:36:15.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6.17-rc1/arch/ia64/mm/discontig.c	2006-04-11 20:52:59.000000000 -0400
@@ -88,9 +88,6 @@ static int __init build_node_maps(unsign
 	min_low_pfn = min(min_low_pfn, bdp->node_boot_start>>PAGE_SHIFT);
 	max_low_pfn = max(max_low_pfn, bdp->node_low_pfn);
-	/* Add a known active range */
-	add_active_range(node, start, end);
 	return 0;
@@ -651,6 +648,8 @@ static __init int count_node_pages(unsig
 	mem_data[node].min_pfn = min(mem_data[node].min_pfn,
 				     start >> PAGE_SHIFT);
+	add_active_range(node, start, end);
 	return 0;

Page free/avail accounting is off and I'm done for tonight. I believe it's how 
you treat holes but haven't looked closely yet.

Let me wrap my head around this code again. It's been some time.

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