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Date:	Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:00:15 -0800 (PST)
From:	David Rientjes <>
To:	Shaohui Zheng <>
Subject: Re: [patch 2/2] mm: add node hotplug emulation

On Mon, 22 Nov 2010, Shaohui Zheng wrote:

> > and then creating a new 128M node at runtime:
> > 
> > 	# echo 128M@...0000000 > /sys/devices/system/memory/add_node
> > 	On node 1 totalpages: 0
> > 	init_memory_mapping: 0000000080000000-0000000088000000
> > 	 0080000000 - 0088000000 page 2M
> For cpu/memory physical hotplug, we have the unique interface probe/release,
> it is the _standard_ interface, it is not only for x86, ppc use the the interface
> as well. For node hotplug, it should follow the rule.
> You are creating a new interface /sys/devices/system/memory/add_node to add both
> memory and node, you are just trying to create DUPLICATED feature with the
> memory probe interface, it breaks the rule. 

It's not duplicated, the function of add_node is distinct since it maps 
the added memory to a node that wasn't previously defined (for the x86 
case, defined by the SRAT).  I think this is better than an additional 
abstraction layer that remaps memory to nodes above what the BIOS has 
defined, and there's nothing architecture specific about add_node; if an 
arch can do probe then it can use this new interface.

> I did NOT see the feature difference with our emulator patch,
> you pick up a piece of feature from emulator, and create an other thread. You
> are trying to replace the interface with a new one, which is not recommended.
> the memory probe interface is already powerful and flexible enough after apply
> our patch. What's more important, it keeps the old directives, and it maintains
> backwards compatibility.

This achieves the same goal in a much cleaner and generic way.  It doesn't 
replace anything that currently sits in the kernel, instead it competes 
directly with your model for node hotplug emulation.

> Add a memory section(128M) to node 3(boots with mem=1024m)
> 	echo 0x40000000,3 > memory/probe
> And more we make it friendly, it is possible to add memory to do
> 	echo 3g > memory/probe
> 	echo 1024m,3 > memory/probe
> It maintains backwards compatibility.

My patch doesn't break backwards compatibility, it adds a new debugfs file 
that allows you to test node hotplug.

> Another format suggested by Dave Hansen:
> 	echo physical_address=0x40000000 numa_node=3 > memory/probe
> we should not need duplicated interface /sys/devices/system/memory/add_node here.

We don't need to define a node id, we only need to ensure that a possible 
node is not yet online and use it; we don't gain anything by trying to 
hotplug node ids in a sparse or interleaved way (although it is certainly 
possible with a combination of my patch and CONFIG_MEMORY_HOTREMOVE).
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