[PATCH 0/8] v2 De-Couple sysfs memory directories from memory sections

Avi Kivity avi at redhat.com
Tue Sep 28 22:44:40 EST 2010

  On 09/27/2010 09:09 PM, Nathan Fontenot wrote:
> This set of patches decouples the concept that a single memory
> section corresponds to a single directory in
> /sys/devices/system/memory/.  On systems
> with large amounts of memory (1+ TB) there are perfomance issues
> related to creating the large number of sysfs directories.  For
> a powerpc machine with 1 TB of memory we are creating 63,000+
> directories.  This is resulting in boot times of around 45-50
> minutes for systems with 1 TB of memory and 8 hours for systems
> with 2 TB of memory.  With this patch set applied I am now seeing
> boot times of 5 minutes or less.
> The root of this issue is in sysfs directory creation. Every time
> a directory is created a string compare is done against all sibling
> directories to ensure we do not create duplicates.  The list of
> directory nodes in sysfs is kept as an unsorted list which results
> in this being an exponentially longer operation as the number of
> directories are created.
> The solution solved by this patch set is to allow a single
> directory in sysfs to span multiple memory sections.  This is
> controlled by an optional architecturally defined function
> memory_block_size_bytes().  The default definition of this
> routine returns a memory block size equal to the memory section
> size. This maintains the current layout of sysfs memory
> directories as it appears to userspace to remain the same as it
> is today.

Why not update sysfs directory creation to be fast, for example by using 
an rbtree instead of a linked list.  This fixes an implementation 
problem in the kernel instead of working around it and creating a new ABI.

New ABIs mean old tools won't work, and new tools need to understand 
both ABIs.

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