[PATCH v3 3/3] mm: use numa_mem_id() in alloc_pages_node()

Vlastimil Babka vbabka at suse.cz
Thu Aug 6 17:00:05 AEST 2015

On 07/30/2015 07:41 PM, Johannes Weiner wrote:
> On Thu, Jul 30, 2015 at 06:34:31PM +0200, Vlastimil Babka wrote:
>> numa_mem_id() is able to handle allocation from CPUs on memory-less nodes,
>> so it's a more robust fallback than the currently used numa_node_id().
> Won't it fall through to the next closest memory node in the zonelist
> anyway?

Right, I would expect the zonelist of memoryless node to be the same as 
of the closest node. Documentation/vm/numa seems to agree.

Is this for callers doing NUMA_NO_NODE with __GFP_THISZONE?

I guess that's the only scenario where that matters, yeah. And there 
might well be no such caller now, but maybe some will sneak in without 
the author testing on a system with memoryless node.

Note that with !CONFIG_HAVE_MEMORYLESS_NODES, numa_mem_id() just does 

So yeah I think "a more robust fallback" is correct :) But let's put it 
explicitly in changelog then:


alloc_pages_node() might fail when called with NUMA_NO_NODE and 
__GFP_THISNODE on a CPU belonging to a memoryless node. To make the 
local-node fallback more robust and prevent such situations, use 
numa_mem_id(), which was introduced for similar scenarios in the slab 

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