Re: [PATCH v3 18/21] vmcore: check if vmcore objects satify mmap()'spage-size boundary requirement

From: Vivek Goyal
Date: Thu Mar 21 2013 - 10:49:51 EST

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:22:59AM -0700, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> HATAYAMA Daisuke <d.hatayama@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> > OK, rigorously, suceess or faliure of the requested free pages
> > allocation depends on actual memory layout at the 2nd kernel boot. To
> > increase the possibility of allocating memory, we have no method but
> > reserve more memory for the 2nd kernel now.
> Good enough. If there are fragmentation issues that cause allocation
> problems on larger boxes we can use vmalloc and remap_vmalloc_range, but
> we certainly don't need to start there.
> Especialy as for most 8 or 16 core boxes we are talking about a 4KiB or
> an 8KiBP allocation. Aka order 0 or order 1.

Actually we are already handling the large SGI machines so we need
to plan for 4096 cpus now while we write these patches.

vmalloc() and remap_vmalloc_range() sounds reasonable. So that's what
we should probaly use.

Alternatively why not allocate everything in 4K pages and use vmcore_list
to map offset into right addresses and call remap_pfn_range() on these

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