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Date:   Tue, 21 Aug 2018 14:51:56 +0200
From:   Michal Hocko <>
To:     Oscar Salvador <>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <>,,,,,,,
        Oscar Salvador <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] mm: Fix comment for NODEMASK_ALLOC

On Tue 21-08-18 14:30:24, Oscar Salvador wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 02:17:34PM +0200, Michal Hocko wrote:
> > We do have CONFIG_NODES_SHIFT=10 in our SLES kernels for quite some
> > time (around SLE11-SP3 AFAICS).
> > 
> > Anyway, isn't NODES_ALLOC over engineered a bit? Does actually even do
> > larger than 1024 NUMA nodes? This would be 128B and from a quick glance
> > it seems that none of those functions are called in deep stacks. I
> > haven't gone through all of them but a patch which checks them all and
> > removes NODES_ALLOC would be quite nice IMHO.
> No, maximum we can get is 1024 NUMA nodes.
> I checked this when writing another patch [1], and since having gone
> through all archs Kconfigs, CONFIG_NODES_SHIFT=10 is the limit.
> NODEMASK_ALLOC gets only called from:
> - unregister_mem_sect_under_nodes() (not anymore after [1])
> - __nr_hugepages_store_common (This does not seem to have a deep stack, we could use a normal nodemask_t)
> But is also used for NODEMASK_SCRATCH (mainly used for mempolicy):

mempolicy code should be a shallow stack as well. Mostly the syscall

Michal Hocko

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