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Date:   Mon, 18 Sep 2017 09:08:34 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <>
To:     Andrew Morton <>
Cc:     KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>,
        Reza Arbab <>,
        Yasuaki Ishimatsu <>,, Igor Mammedov <>,
        Vitaly Kuznetsov <>, <>,
        LKML <>,
        Michal Hocko <>,
        Vlastimil Babka <>
Subject: [PATCH 2/2] mm, memory_hotplug: remove timeout from __offline_memory

From: Michal Hocko <>

We have a hardcoded 120s timeout after which the memory offline fails
basically since the hot remove has been introduced. This is essentially
a policy implemented in the kernel. Moreover there is no way to adjust
the timeout and so we are sometimes facing memory offline failures if
the system is under a heavy memory pressure or very intensive CPU
workload on large machines.

It is not very clear what purpose the timeout actually serves. The
offline operation is interruptible by a signal so if userspace wants
some timeout based termination this can be done trivially by sending a

If there is a strong usecase to do this from the kernel then we should
do it properly and have a it tunable from the userspace with the timeout
disabled by default along with the explanation who uses it and for what

Acked-by: Vlastimil Babka <>
Signed-off-by: Michal Hocko <>
 mm/memory_hotplug.c | 10 +++-------
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/mm/memory_hotplug.c b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
index c9dcbe6d2ac6..b8a85c11360e 100644
--- a/mm/memory_hotplug.c
+++ b/mm/memory_hotplug.c
@@ -1593,9 +1593,9 @@ static void node_states_clear_node(int node, struct memory_notify *arg)
 static int __ref __offline_pages(unsigned long start_pfn,
-		  unsigned long end_pfn, unsigned long timeout)
+		  unsigned long end_pfn)
-	unsigned long pfn, nr_pages, expire;
+	unsigned long pfn, nr_pages;
 	long offlined_pages;
 	int ret, node;
 	unsigned long flags;
@@ -1633,12 +1633,8 @@ static int __ref __offline_pages(unsigned long start_pfn,
 		goto failed_removal;
 	pfn = start_pfn;
-	expire = jiffies + timeout;
 	/* start memory hot removal */
-	ret = -EBUSY;
-	if (time_after(jiffies, expire))
-		goto failed_removal;
 	ret = -EINTR;
 	if (signal_pending(current))
 		goto failed_removal;
@@ -1711,7 +1707,7 @@ static int __ref __offline_pages(unsigned long start_pfn,
 /* Must be protected by mem_hotplug_begin() or a device_lock */
 int offline_pages(unsigned long start_pfn, unsigned long nr_pages)
-	return __offline_pages(start_pfn, start_pfn + nr_pages, 120 * HZ);
+	return __offline_pages(start_pfn, start_pfn + nr_pages);

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