[PATCH 2/2] mm/dax: Don't enable huge dax mapping by default

Aneesh Kumar K.V aneesh.kumar at linux.ibm.com
Wed Mar 6 23:45:25 AEDT 2019

On 3/6/19 5:14 PM, Michal Suchánek wrote:
> On Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:47:33 +0530
> "Aneesh Kumar K.V" <aneesh.kumar at linux.ibm.com> wrote:
>> Dan Williams <dan.j.williams at intel.com> writes:
>>> On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 1:40 AM Oliver <oohall at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 7:35 PM Aneesh Kumar K.V
>>>> <aneesh.kumar at linux.ibm.com> wrote:
>> Also even if the user decided to not use THP, by
>> echo "never" > transparent_hugepage/enabled , we should continue to map
>> dax fault using huge page on platforms that can support huge pages.
> Is this a good idea?
> This knob is there for a reason. In some situations having huge pages
> can severely impact performance of the system (due to host-guest
> interaction or whatever) and the ability to really turn off all THP
> would be important in those cases, right?

My understanding was that is not true for dax pages? These are not 
regular memory that got allocated. They are allocated out of /dev/dax/ 
or /dev/pmem*. Do we have a reason not to use hugepages for mapping 
pages in that case?


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