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Date:   Thu, 12 Jul 2018 10:52:08 +0800
From:   Wei Wang <>
To:     Linus Torvalds <>
CC:     Michal Hocko <>,,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
        virtualization <>,
        KVM list <>, linux-mm <>,
        "Michael S. Tsirkin" <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Paolo Bonzini <>,,,,,
        Rik van Riel <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v35 1/5] mm: support to get hints of free page blocks

On 07/12/2018 10:30 AM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 7:17 PM Wei Wang <> wrote:
>> Would it be better to remove __GFP_THISNODE? We actually want to get all
>> the guest free pages (from all the nodes).
> Maybe. Or maybe it would be better to have the memory balloon logic be
> per-node? Maybe you don't want to remove too much memory from one
> node? I think it's one of those "play with it" things.
> I don't think that's the big issue, actually. I think the real issue
> is how to react quickly and gracefully to "oops, I'm trying to give
> memory away, but now the guest wants it back" while you're in the
> middle of trying to create that 2TB list of pages.

OK. virtio-balloon has already registered an oom notifier 
(virtballoon_oom_notify). I plan to add some control there. If oom happens,
- stop the page allocation;
- immediately give back the allocated pages to mm.


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