Re: [PATCH] vmemmap, memory_hotplug: fallback to base pages for vmmap

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 - 14:07:01 EST

On Tue, 11 Jul 2017, Johannes Weiner wrote:

> Hi Michael,
> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 04:25:58PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > Ohh, scratch that. The patch is bogus. I have completely missed that
> > vmemmap_populate_hugepages already falls back to
> > vmemmap_populate_basepages. I have to revisit the bug report I have
> > received to see what happened apart from the allocation warning. Maybe
> > we just want to silent that warning.
> Yep, this should be fixed in 8e2cdbcb86b0 ("x86-64: fall back to
> regular page vmemmap on allocation failure").
> I figure it's good to keep some sort of warning there, though, as it
> could have performance implications when we fall back to base pages.

If someone gets to work on it then maybe also add giant page support?

We already have systems with terabytes of memory and one 1G vmemmap page
would map 128G of memory leading to a significant reduction in the use of