Re: [PATCH 1/1] arm64: mm: add config options for page table configuration

From: Catalin Marinas
Date: Thu Dec 08 2016 - 13:57:25 EST

On Thu, Dec 08, 2016 at 08:30:36AM -0800, Scott Branden wrote:
> On 16-12-08 02:00 AM, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> >On Wed, Dec 07, 2016 at 11:40:00AM -0800, Scott Branden wrote:
> >>Make MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS and SECTIONS_SIZE_BITS configurable by adding
> >>config options.
> >>Default to current settings currently defined in sparesmem.h.
> >>For systems wishing to save memory the config options can be overridden.
> >>Example, changing MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS from 48 to 36 at the same time as
> >>changing SECTION_SIZE_BITS from 30 to 26 frees 13MB of memory.
> > I would rather reduce SECTION_SIZE_BITS permanently where
> >feasible, like in this patch:
> >
> >
> This patch does not meet my requirements as I need SECTION_SIZE_BITS to be
> set to 28 to reduce memory

So with this patch, we reduce it to 27, it should be fine-grained enough
for 128MB sections. Alternatively, there were other suggestions here:

> and to allow memory hotplug to allocate a 256 MB section.

Can memory hotplug not work with 2*128MB sections in this case?

> My patch future proofs the tuning of the parameters by allowing
> any section size to be made.

While MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS makes sense to users in general,
SECTION_SIZE_BITS is not always clear to the average user what it means
and its min/max boundaries. That's another reason (apart from single/few
Image case) why I prefer to not expose it as configuration option.

> I could combine the patch you list such that
> SECTION_SIZE_BITS defaults to 30 when CONFIG_ARM64_64_PAGES is selected and
> 27 otherwise. Should it default to something else for 16K and 4K pages?

I haven't done any calculations for 16K yet but we could probably come
up with some formula based on PAGE_SHIFT to cover all cases.

> In terms of MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS, if our SoCs only use 40 (or less) bits I would
> also like the configuration functionality. This allows us to make the

So how small do you want SECTION_SIZE_BITS to be? As I said above, 128MB
sections should be sufficient in most cases and without the need to