Re: [RFC Patch V1 07/30] mm: Use cpu_to_mem()/numa_mem_id() to support memoryless node

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Fri Jul 11 2014 - 11:33:15 EST

On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 11:21:56AM -0400, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Even if that's the case, there's no reason to burden everyone with
> this distinction. Most users just wanna say "I'm on this node.
> Please allocate considering that". There's nothing wrong with using
> numa_node_id() for that.

Also, this is minor but don't we also lose fallback information by
doing this from the caller? Please consider the following topology
where each hop is the same distance.

A - B - X - C - D

Where X is the memless node. num_mem_id() on X would return either B
or C, right? If B or C can't satisfy the allocation, the allocator
would fallback to A from B and D for C, both of which aren't optimal.
It should first fall back to C or B respectively, which the allocator
can't do anymoe because the information is lost when the caller side
performs numa_mem_id().

Seems pretty misguided to me.


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