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Date:   Thu, 21 Dec 2017 23:50:40 +1100
From:   Michael Ellerman <mpe@...erman.id.au>
To:     Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org>,
        Ross Zwisler <ross.zwisler@...ux.intel.com>
Cc:     Michal Hocko <mhocko@...nel.org>,
        "Box\, David E" <david.e.box@...el.com>,
        Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@...el.com>,
        "Zheng\, Lv" <lv.zheng@...el.com>, linux-nvdimm@...ts.01.org,
        "Verma\, Vishal L" <vishal.l.verma@...el.com>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rafael.j.wysocki@...el.com>,
        "Anaczkowski\, Lukasz" <lukasz.anaczkowski@...el.com>,
        "Moore\, Robert" <robert.moore@...el.com>,
        linux-acpi@...r.kernel.org,
        "Odzioba\, Lukasz" <lukasz.odzioba@...el.com>,
        "Schmauss\, Erik" <erik.schmauss@...el.com>,
        Len Brown <lenb@...nel.org>,
        John Hubbard <jhubbard@...dia.com>,
        linuxppc-dev@...ts.ozlabs.org, Jerome Glisse <jglisse@...hat.com>,
        Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>, devel@...ica.org,
        "Kogut\, Jaroslaw" <Jaroslaw.Kogut@...el.com>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        "Koss\, Marcin" <marcin.koss@...el.com>, linux-api@...r.kernel.org,
        Brice Goglin <brice.goglin@...il.com>,
        "Nachimuthu\, Murugasamy" <murugasamy.nachimuthu@...el.com>,
        "Rafael J. Wysocki" <rjw@...ysocki.net>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        "Koziej\, Artur" <artur.koziej@...el.com>,
        "Lahtinen\, Joonas" <joonas.lahtinen@...el.com>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Tim Chen <tim.c.chen@...ux.intel.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/3] create sysfs representation of ACPI HMAT

Matthew Wilcox <willy@...radead.org> writes:

> On Mon, Dec 18, 2017 at 01:35:47PM -0700, Ross Zwisler wrote:
>> What I'm hoping to do with this series is to just provide a sysfs
>> representation of the HMAT so that applications can know which NUMA nodes to
>> select with existing utilities like numactl.  This series does not currently
>> alter any kernel behavior, it only provides a sysfs interface.
>> 
>> Say for example you had a system with some high bandwidth memory (HBM), and
>> you wanted to use it for a specific application.  You could use the sysfs
>> representation of the HMAT to figure out which memory target held your HBM.
>> You could do this by looking at the local bandwidth values for the various
>> memory targets, so:
>> 
>> 	# grep . /sys/devices/system/hmat/mem_tgt*/local_init/write_bw_MBps
>> 	/sys/devices/system/hmat/mem_tgt2/local_init/write_bw_MBps:81920
>> 	/sys/devices/system/hmat/mem_tgt3/local_init/write_bw_MBps:40960
>> 	/sys/devices/system/hmat/mem_tgt4/local_init/write_bw_MBps:40960
>> 	/sys/devices/system/hmat/mem_tgt5/local_init/write_bw_MBps:40960
>> 
>> and look for the one that corresponds to your HBM speed. (These numbers are
>> made up, but you get the idea.)
>
> Presumably ACPI-based platforms will not be the only ones who have the
> ability to expose different bandwidth memories in the future.  I think
> we need a platform-agnostic way ... right, PowerPC people?

Yes!

I don't have any detail at hand but will try and rustle something up.

cheers

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