|author||Lai Jiangshan <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2012-12-11 16:03:16 -0800|
|committer||Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>||2012-12-11 17:22:28 -0800|
mm, memory-hotplug: dynamic configure movable memory and portion memory
Add online_movable and online_kernel for logic memory hotplug. This is the dynamic version of "movablecore" & "kernelcore". We have the same reason to introduce it as to introduce "movablecore" & "kernelcore". It has the same motive as "movablecore" & "kernelcore", but it is dynamic/running-time: o We can configure memory as kernelcore or movablecore after boot. Userspace workload is increased, we need more hugepage, we can't use "online_movable" to add memory and allow the system use more THP(transparent-huge-page), vice-verse when kernel workload is increase. Also help for virtualization to dynamic configure host/guest's memory, to save/(reduce waste) memory. Memory capacity on Demand o When a new node is physically online after boot, we need to use "online_movable" or "online_kernel" to configure/portion it as we expected when we logic-online it. This configuration also helps for physically-memory-migrate. o all benefit as the same as existed "movablecore" & "kernelcore". o Preparing for movable-node, which is very important for power-saving, hardware partitioning and high-available-system(hardware fault management). (Note, we don't introduce movable-node here.) Action behavior: When a memoryblock/memorysection is onlined by "online_movable", the kernel will not have directly reference to the page of the memoryblock, thus we can remove that memory any time when needed. When it is online by "online_kernel", the kernel can use it. When it is online by "online", the zone type doesn't changed. Current constraints: Only the memoryblock which is adjacent to the ZONE_MOVABLE can be online from ZONE_NORMAL to ZONE_MOVABLE. [firstname.lastname@example.org: use min_t, cleanups] Signed-off-by: Lai Jiangshan <email@example.com> Signed-off-by: Wen Congyang <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Yasuaki Ishimatsu <email@example.com> Cc: Lai Jiangshan <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Jiang Liu <email@example.com> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Minchan Kim <email@example.com> Cc: Mel Gorman <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: David Rientjes <email@example.com> Cc: Yinghai Lu <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Rusty Russell <email@example.com> Cc: Greg KH <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <email@example.com> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt')
1 files changed, 13 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt b/Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt
index 6e6cbc78f32..c6f993d491b 100644
@@ -161,7 +161,8 @@ a recent addition and not present on older kernels.
in the memory block.
'state' : read-write
at read: contains online/offline state of memory.
- at write: user can specify "online", "offline" command
+ at write: user can specify "online_kernel",
+ "online_movable", "online", "offline" command
which will be performed on al sections in the block.
'phys_device' : read-only: designed to show the name of physical memory
device. This is not well implemented now.
@@ -255,6 +256,17 @@ For onlining, you have to write "online" to the section's state file as:
% echo online > /sys/devices/system/memory/memoryXXX/state
+This onlining will not change the ZONE type of the target memory section,
+If the memory section is in ZONE_NORMAL, you can change it to ZONE_MOVABLE:
+% echo online_movable > /sys/devices/system/memory/memoryXXX/state
+(NOTE: current limit: this memory section must be adjacent to ZONE_MOVABLE)
+And if the memory section is in ZONE_MOVABLE, you can change it to ZONE_NORMAL:
+% echo online_kernel > /sys/devices/system/memory/memoryXXX/state
+(NOTE: current limit: this memory section must be adjacent to ZONE_NORMAL)
After this, section memoryXXX's state will be 'online' and the amount of
available memory will be increased.