Re: [RFC v8 PATCH 00/20] memory-hotplug: hot-remove physical memory

From: Vasilis Liaskovitis
Date: Wed Sep 12 2012 - 13:18:13 EST


On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 01:20:28PM +0800, Wen Congyang wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:01:44AM +0800, Wen Congyang wrote:
> >> At 09/10/2012 09:46 AM, Yasuaki Ishimatsu Wrote:
> >>> How do you test the patch? As Andrew says, for hot-removing memory,
> >>> we need a particular hardware. I think so too. So many people may want
> >>> to know how to test the patch.
> >>> If we apply following patch to kvm guest, can we hot-remove memory on
> >>> kvm guest?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >> Yes, if we apply this patchset, we can test hot-remove memory on kvm guest.
> >> But that patchset doesn't implement _PS3, so there is some restriction.
> >
> > the following repos contain the patchset above, plus 2 more patches that add
> > PS3 support to the dimm devices in qemu/seabios:
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > I have not posted the PS3 patches yet in the qemu list, but will post them
> > soon for v3 of the memory hotplug series. If you have issues testing, let me
> > know.
> Hmm, seabios doesn't support ACPI table SLIT. We can specify node it for dimm
> device, so I think we should support SLIT in seabios. Otherwise we may meet
> the following kernel messages:
> [ 325.016769] init_memory_mapping: [mem 0x40000000-0x5fffffff]
> [ 325.018060] [mem 0x40000000-0x5fffffff] page 2M
> [ 325.019168] [ffffea0001000000-ffffea00011fffff] potential offnode page_structs
> [ 325.024172] [ffffea0001200000-ffffea00013fffff] potential offnode page_structs
> [ 325.028596] [ffffea0001400000-ffffea00017fffff] PMD -> [ffff880035000000-ffff8800353fffff] on node 1
> [ 325.031775] [ffffea0001600000-ffffea00017fffff] potential offnode page_structs
> Do you have plan to do it?
thanks for testing.

commit 5294828 from
implements a SLIT table for the given numa nodes.

However I am not sure the SLIT is the problem. The kernel builds a default
numa_distance table in arch/x86/mm/numa.c: numa_alloc_distance(). If the BIOS
doesn't present a SLIT, this should take effect (numactl --hardware should
report this table)

Do you have more details on how to reproduce the warning? e.g. how many dimms
are present in the system? Does this happen on the first dimm hot-plugged?
Are all SRAT entries parsed correctly at boot-time or do you see any other
warnings at boot-time?

I 'll investigate a bit more and report back.


- Vasilis
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