using different format for hugetlbfs

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at
Sat Dec 5 08:25:42 EST 2009

On Fri, 2009-12-04 at 08:09 -0600, Kumar Gala wrote:
> On Dec 4, 2009, at 2:58 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > On Fri, 2009-12-04 at 01:18 -0600, Kumar Gala wrote:
> >> Ben, David,
> >>
> >> If we want to support true 4G/4G split on ppc32 using the MSB of the
> >> address to determine of the pgd_t is for hugetlbfs isn't going to
> >> work.  Since every pointer in the pgd_t -> pud_t -> pmd_t is point to
> >> at least a 4K page I would think the low order 12-bits should always
> >> be 0.
> >
> > On 32 bit maybe. On 64, the pg/u/md's can be smaller. I don't really
> > want to have a different encoding for both types though.
> What do you mean they can be smaller?  We have some scenario when we  
> dont allocate a full page?  I agree having the encodings be different  
> would be bad.  I'm trying to avoid having it be different between 32  
> bit and 64 (but maybe that will be impossible).

Yes. The intermediary levels are smaller on 64-bit. Also, with hugetlbfs
it can create special levels of various sizes depending on the
requirements to fit a given huge page size. And that would be true of
both 32 and 64-bit in fact.


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