[PATCH] fadump: Register the memory reserved by fadump

Srikar Dronamraju srikar at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Aug 10 16:40:56 AEST 2016

> > Conceptually it would be cleaner, if expensive, to calculate the real
> > memblock reserves if HASH_EARLY and ditch the dma_reserve, memory_reserve
> > and nr_kernel_pages entirely.
> Why is it expensive? memblock tracks the totals for all memory and
> reserved memory AFAIK, so it should just be a case of subtracting one
> from the other?

Are you suggesting that we use something like
memblock_phys_mem_size() but one which returns
memblock.reserved.total_size ? Maybe a new function like

> > Unfortuantely, aside from the calculation,
> > there is a potential cost due to a smaller hash table that affects everyone,
> > not just ppc64.
> Yeah OK. We could make it an arch hook, or controlled by a CONFIG.

If its based on memblock.reserved.total_size, then should it be arch

> > However, if the hash table is meant to be sized on the
> > number of available pages then it really should be based on that and not
> > just a made-up number.
> Yeah that seems to make sense.
> The one complication I think is that we may have memory that's marked
> reserved in memblock, but is later freed to the page allocator (eg.
> initrd).

Yes, this is a possibility, for example lets say we want fadump to
continue to run instead of rebooting to a new kernel as it does today.

> I'm not sure if that's actually a concern in practice given the relative
> size of the initrd and memory on most systems. But possibly there are
> other things that get reserved and then freed which could skew the hash
> table size calculation.

Thanks and Regards
Srikar Dronamraju

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