Re: [GIT PULL] scheduler fixes

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Mon May 25 2009 - 01:05:44 EST

* H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Ingo Molnar wrote:
> >
> > Would it be possible to restructure things to move kmalloc init to
> > before IRQ init as well? We have a couple of uglinesses there too.
> >
> > Conceptually, memory should be the first thing set up in general, in
> > a kernel. It does not need IRQs, timers, the scheduler or any of the
> > IO facilities and abstractions. All of them need memory though - and
> > as Linux scales to more and more hardware via the same single image,
> > so will we get more and more dynamic concepts like cpumask_var_t and
> > sparse-irqs, which want to allocate very early.
> >
> > setup_arch() is one huge function that sets up all architecture
> > details at once - but if we split a separate setup_arch_mem() out of
> > it, and left the rest in setup_arch (and moved it further down), we
> > could remove much of bootmem (especially the ugly uses).
> >
> > This might even be doable realistically, and we could thus librarize
> > bootmem and eliminate it from x86 at least. Perhaps.
> >
> The only thing that might make sense to set up before memory might
> be exceptions (as opposed to interrupts), but both of those should
> be doable very very early.

Yeah. And we already have early exception handlers to help debugging
so there's practically no dependency on memory init. (other than the
full kernel image being executable by the CPU - so some very minimal
memory/paging init is necessary)

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