[PATCH 4/7] Allow sysfs memory directories to be split

Nathan Fontenot nfont at austin.ibm.com
Wed Jul 14 13:18:03 EST 2010

On 07/13/2010 07:35 PM, KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki wrote:
> On Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:51:58 -0500
> Nathan Fontenot <nfont at austin.ibm.com> wrote:
>>> And for what purpose this interface is ? Does this split memory block into 2 pieces
>>> of the same size ?? sounds __very__ strange interface to me.
>> Yes, this splits the memory_block into two blocks of the same size.  This was
>> suggested as something we may want to do.  From ppc perspective I am not sure we
>> would use this.
>> The split functionality is not required.  The main goal of the patch set is to
>> reduce the number of memory sysfs directories created.  From a ppc perspective
>> the split functionality is not really needed.
> Okay, this is an offer from me.
>   1. I think you can add an boot option as "don't create memory sysfs".
>      please do.

I posted a patch to do that a week or so ago, it didn't go over very well.

>   2. I'd like to write a configfs module for handling memory hotplug even when
>      sysfs directroy is not created.
>      Because configfs support rmdir/mkdir, the user (ppc's daemon?) has to do
>      When offlining section X.
>      # insmod configfs_memory.ko
>      # mount -t configfs none /configfs
>      # mkdir /configfs/memoryX
>      # echo offline > /configfs/memoryX/state
>      # rmdir /configfs/memoryX
>   And making this operation as the default bahavior for all arch's memory hotplug may
>   be better...
> Dave, how do you think ? Because ppc guys uses "probe" interface already,
> this can be handled... no ?

ppc would still require the existance of the 'probe' interface.

Are you objecting to the 'split' functionality?  If so I do not see any reason from ppc
perspective that it is needed.  This was something Dave suggested, unless I am missing

Since ppc needs the 'probe' interface in sysfs, and for ppc having mutliple 
memory_block_sections reside under a single memory_block makes memory hotplug
simpler.  On ppc we do emory hotplug operations on an LMB size basis.  With my
patches this now lets us set each memory_block to span an LMB's worth of
memory.  Now we could do emory hotplug in a single operation instead of multiple
operations to offline/online all of the memory sections in an LMB.

Of course the easy solution would be to increase SECTION_SIZE_BITS, but we need
support hardware that can have LMB's from 16 MB to 256 MB in size so the
SECTION_SIZE_BITS value has to remain small. 

> One problem is that I don't have enough knowledge about configfs..it seems complex.

Me neither, thoug I will take a look at it.


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