Re: [PATCH] memory hotplug disable boot option

From: Nathan Fontenot
Date: Fri Jun 25 2010 - 11:21:27 EST

On 06/25/2010 09:56 AM, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 09:51:37AM -0500, Nathan Fontenot wrote:
>>>>> Proposed patch to disable memory hotplug via a boot option,
>>>>> mem_hotplug=[on|off]. The patch only disables memory hotplug in that it
>>>>> prevents the creation of the memory sysfs directories for memory sections.
>>>>> This patch is meant to help alleviate very long boot times on systems with
>>>>> large memory (1+ TB) and many memory sections (10's of thousands).
>>>> Why making simple /sys file is so slowly? Couldn't we fix such performance
>>>> problem?
>> The issue is the large number of sysfs memory directories that get created.
>> On a system with 1 TB of memory I am seeing ~63,00 directories. The long
> Maybe you could simply make the memory blocks larger on such large systems?
> I agree 6k blocks are probably not very useful, but maybe 10 or 100 are?

Yes, this would work to reduce the number of memory sections created. The reason
I have not gone this route is that increasing the memory section size would
break DLPAR memory add and remove for powerpc pseries.

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