[0/6] Assorted hugepage cleanups (v4)

David Gibson dwg at au1.ibm.com
Tue Oct 27 16:22:58 EST 2009

Currently, ordinary pages use one pagetable layout, and each different
hugepage size uses a slightly different variant layout.  A number of
places which need to walk the pagetable must first check the slice map
to see what the pagetable layout then handle the various different
forms.  New hardware, like Book3E is liable to introduce more possible

This patch series, therefore, is designed to simplify the matter by
limiting knowledge of the pagetable layout to only the allocation
path.  With this patch, ordinary pages are handled as ever, with a
fixed 4 (or 3) level tree.  All other variants branch off from some
layer of that with a specially marked PGD/PUD/PMD pointer which also
contains enough information to interpret the directories below that
point.  This means that things walking the pagetables (without
allocating) don't need to look up the slice map, they can just step
down the tree in the usual way, branching off to the "non-standard
layout" path for hugepages, which uses the embdded information to
interpret the tree from that point on.

This reduces the source size in a number of places, and means that
newer variants on the pagetable layout to handle new hardware and new
features will need to alter the existing code in less places.

In addition we split out the hash / classic MMU specific code into a
separate hugetlbpage-hash64.c file.  This will make adding support for
other MMUs (like 440 and/or Book3E) easier.

I've used the libhugetlbfs testsuite to test these patches on a
Power5+ machine, but they could certainly do with more testing. In
particular, I don't have any suitable hardware to test 16G pages.

V2: Made the tweaks that BenH suggested to patch 2 of the original
series.  Some corresponding tweaks in patch 3 to match.

V3: Fix a bug in the creation of the pgrable caches.  Slightly extend
the initialization cleanup.  Add a new patch cleaning up the hugepage
pte accessor functions.

V4: Revisions based on BenH's comments, fix compile breakage for

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