Re: why choose 896MB to the start point of ZONE_HIGHMEM

From: Joel Fernandes
Date: Tue Apr 06 2010 - 16:01:55 EST

Hi Peter,

On Wed, Apr 7, 2010 at 1:14 AM, H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 04/06/2010 12:20 PM, Frank Hu wrote:
>>> The ELF ABI specifies that user space has 3 GB available to it.  That
>>> leaves 1 GB for the kernel.  The kernel, by default, uses 128 MB for I/O
>>> mapping, vmalloc, and kmap support, which leaves 896 MB for LOWMEM.
>>> All of these boundaries are configurable; with PAE enabled the user
>>> space boundary has to be on a 1 GB boundary.
>> the VM split is also configurable when building the kernel (for 32-bit
>> processors).
> I did say "all these boundaries are configurable".  Rather explicitly.

I thought the 896 MB was a hardware limitation on 32 bit architectures
and something that cannot be configured? Or am I missing something
here? Also the vm-splits refer to "virtual memory" . While ZONE_* and
the 896MB we were discussing refers to "physical memory". How then is
discussing about vm splits pertinent here?

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