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Date:	Mon, 9 Nov 2009 13:27:15 +0100
From:	Andre Przywara <>
To:	Andi Kleen <>
CC:	Linux-kernel <>
Subject: x86/NUMA: Reason for ignoring too small NUMA nodes?

Hi Andi,

while experimenting with a system with a memory-less NUMA node I 
stumbled upon code in the Linux kernel which ignores nodes containing 
less than a certain amount of RAM, obviously to fix systems with a buggy 
Can you elaborate on this? What kind of incorrect entry have you seen?
To correctly map the memory less node I did a patch to accept at least 
nodes with exactly zero bytes of memory (read: no SRAT memory entry), 
was this special condition also present in the buggy machines?
Another comments reads:
      * Don't confuse VM with a node that doesn't have the
      * minimum amount of memory:
Is that still a valid statement? How can the VM get confused by a node 
with already exhausted memory resources?
(found in arch/x86/mm/{srat,numa}_64.c)

I'd be grateful for some hints!


Andre Przywara
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