Re: [PATCH][RFC][0/4] InfiniBand userspace verbs implementation

From: Dave Hansen
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 08:31:48 EST

On Sun, 2005-04-24 at 23:12 -0500, Timur Tabi wrote:
> Greg KH wrote:
> > I know of at least 1 x86-32 box from a three-letter-named company with
> > this feature that has been shipping for a few _years_ now. That box is
> > pretty much everywhere now, and I know that other versions of it are
> > also quite popular (despite the high cost...)
> Hmm... Well, I think we were already planning on telling our customers that we don't
> support hot-swap RAM. Is there a CONFIG option for that feature?

The driver to do the ACPI portion of both add and remove is in the
kernel today, so it's certainly a feature that's coming relatively soon.

There is a large variety of x86_64, ppc64, ia64 and ia64 hardware that
will be doing memory hotplug. I believe that every POWER5 system is
capable of supporting it, at least virtually.

I don't think your concerns end with memory hotplug. The same
approaches to moving memory around will be used for NUMA memory
balancing and for memory defragmentation. Can you say that your cards
will never be used on a system which has memory which becomes

-- Dave

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