Re: [PATCH 1/3] mm: completely disable THP bytransparent_hugepage=never

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Mon Jun 20 2011 - 14:26:15 EST

On Mon, Jun 20, 2011 at 01:50:00PM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On 06/20/2011 01:34 PM, Cong Wang wrote:
> >Even if it is really 10K, why not save it since it doesn't
> >much effort to make this. ;) Not only memory, but also time,
> >this could also save a little time to initialize the kernel.
> >
> >For me, the more serious thing is the logic, there is
> >no way to totally disable it as long as I have THP in .config
> >currently. This is why I said the design is broken.
> There are many things you cannot totally disable as long
> as they are enabled in the .config. Think about things
> like swap, or tmpfs - neither of which you are going to
> use in the crashdump kernel.
> I believe we need to keep the kernel optimized for common
> use and convenience.
> Crashdump is very much a corner case. Yes, using less
> memory in crashdump is worthwhile, but lets face it -
> the big memory user there is likely to be the struct page
> array, with everything else down in the noise...

We are creating struct page array only for memory visible in
second kernel. So in this case struct page array for 128G.

One of big user is per cpu data on large cpu systems. (256 etc).
Even though we boot second kernel with maxcpus=1, it does not
change possible cpu maps and initalizes LAPIC etc and that seem
to be consuming significant amount of memory. (In the order of MBs).
So I see some opprotunity there to save memory. But this 10kB
definitely sounds trivial amount to me.

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