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Date:   Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:41:04 +0100
From:   David Hildenbrand <>
To:     Mike Kravetz <>,,
Cc:     Michal Hocko <>,
        Naoya Horiguchi <>,
        Muchun Song <>,
        Andrew Morton <>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/3] create hugetlb flags to consolidate state

On 11.01.21 22:01, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> While discussing a series of hugetlb fixes in [1], it became evident
> that the hugetlb specific page state information is stored in a somewhat
> haphazard manner.  Code dealing with state information would be easier
> to read, understand and maintain if this information was stored in a
> consistent manner.
> This RFC series uses page.private of the hugetlb head page for storing a
> set of hugetlb specific page flags.  Routines to manipulate the flags
> are copied from normal page flag manipulation code and use atomic
> operations.  This is likely overkill for the uses in hugetlb code, and
> can be changed after additional auditing of code.

Haven't looked into the code but that sounds like a good idea.

> For now, only 3 state flags are added as part of this series.  However,
> the suggested fix in [2] could use another flag.  In addition, a flag
> could be used to track whether or not a huge page has been cleared to
> optimize code paths if the init_on_alloc security feature is enabled.

Right, that will be helpful: indicating pages that were either cleared
directly when allocating (init_on_alloc) or via some asynchronous
mechanism in the future.


David / dhildenb

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