Re: why choose 896MB to the start point of ZONE_HIGHMEM
From: Xianghua Xiao
Date: Tue Apr 06 2010 - 21:47:53 EST
If the last 128MB out of the kernel 1GB space is used to for highmen,
meanwhile it's also used for IO/vmalloc, how does this work?
On Tue, Apr 6, 2010 at 6:32 PM, H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 04/06/2010 04:27 PM, Youngwhan Song wrote:
>> Nice explanation, Venkatram,
>> Just one question pop up mind.
>> What if actual physical memory is only 256MB? How does kernel divide
>> virtual memory? Do we need to specify the region to kernel? Or will
>> kernel itself decide it automatically?
> If there is less than 896 MB of physical memory, the vmalloc region is
> automatically extended (in your case, it will be 768 MB in size.) ÂThere
> will be no HIGHMEM in such a case, and if you are compiling your own
> kernel you will gain considerable speed by disabling HIGHMEM support
> This, of course, was the norm back when Linux was first created, and a
> typical amount of memory was 8 MB or so. ÂThat we'd have gigabytes of
> memory seemed very distant at the time.
> Â Â Â Â-hpa
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