Re: [PATCH] memory hotplug disable boot option

From: KOSAKI Motohiro
Date: Tue Jun 29 2010 - 20:00:42 EST

> On 06/28/2010 09:56 PM, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> >> On Mon, 2010-06-28 at 08:44 -0700, Greg KH wrote:
> >>>> The directories being created are the standard directories, one for each of the memory
> >>>> sections present at boot. I think the most used files in each of these directories
> >>>> is the state and removable file used to do memory hotplug.
> >>>
> >>> And perhaps we shouldn't really be creating so many directories? Why
> >>> not work with the memory hotplug developers to change their interface to
> >>> not abuse sysfs in such a manner?
> >>
> >> Heh, it wasn't abuse until we got this much memory. But, I think this
> >> one is pretty much 100% my fault.
> >>
> >> Nathan, I think the right fix here is probably to untie sysfs from the
> >> sections a bit. We should be able to have sysfs dirs that represent
> >> more than one contiguous SECTION_SIZE area of memory.
> >
> > Why do we need abi breakage? Yourself talked about we guess ppc don't
> > actually need 16MB section. I think IBM folks have to confirm it.
> > If our guessing is correct, the firmware fixing is only necessary.
> Yes, ppc still needs to support add/remove of 16MB sections. This correlates
> to the smallest lmb size on ppc that we need to support.

okey. I'm not against the change by strong reason. fortunatelly hotplug users are still few.
If we maintain CONFIG_OLD_MEMHOTPLUG_LAYOUT a while time, I guess
nobody oppose new one.

> > Thats said, I don't 100% refuse your idea. it's interesting. but,
> > In generical I hate _unncessary_ abi change.
> Me too, but I'm not sure the current sysfs layout of memory scales well
> for machines with huge amounts of memory.
> How about providing an alternate sysfs layout for systems that have a large
> number of memory sections? Even on the machines I worked with that have
> 1 and 2 TB of memory, if we increase the memory sections size to equal the
> lmb size we still would be creating 6k+ directories for a 1 TB machine.
> This would alleviate much of the perfomrance issue but still leaves us with
> a directory of thousands (or tens of thousands for really big systems)
> of memoryXXX subdirectories, which is not really human readable.

?? human readable?
As far as I observed, this dir have been no human readable since it was born. but
nobody complained this one because only hotplug-script need to read this.

Am I missing something?

> Or some method of having a single memory XXX dir represent multiple sections,
> as Dave suggested would work. Perhaps there is a way to subdivide the
> memory section dirs into separate dirs based on their node.
> At the point of dealing with this many memory sections would it make sense
> to not create directories for each of the memory sections? Perhaps just
> files to report information about the memory sections.

Probably, It will works. I have one question. How many dir do the patch reduce
on your machine? Do we need to combinate Eric's hash-dir patch?

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