[PATCH 1/2][v2] mm: add notifier in pageblock isolation for balloon drivers

Andrew Morton akpm at linux-foundation.org
Fri Oct 9 10:34:49 EST 2009

On Fri, 2 Oct 2009 13:44:58 -0500
Robert Jennings <rcj at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> Memory balloon drivers can allocate a large amount of memory which
> is not movable but could be freed to accomodate memory hotplug remove.
> Prior to calling the memory hotplug notifier chain the memory in the
> pageblock is isolated.  If the migrate type is not MIGRATE_MOVABLE the
> isolation will not proceed, causing the memory removal for that page
> range to fail.
> Rather than failing pageblock isolation if the the migrateteype is not
> MIGRATE_MOVABLE, this patch checks if all of the pages in the pageblock
> are owned by a registered balloon driver (or other entity) using a
> notifier chain.  If all of the non-movable pages are owned by a balloon,
> they can be freed later through the memory notifier chain and the range
> can still be isolated in set_migratetype_isolate().

The patch looks sane enough to me.

I expect that if the powerpc and s390 guys want to work on CMM over the
next couple of months, they'd like this patch merged into 2.6.32.  It's
a bit larger and more involved than one would like, but I guess we can
do that if suitable people (Mel?  Kamezawa?) have had a close look and
are OK with it.

What do people think?

Has it been carefully compile- and run-time tested with

More information about the Linuxppc-dev mailing list