1. 23 Jun, 2005 1 commit
    • Andy Whitcroft's avatar
      [PATCH] sparsemem memory model · d41dee36
      Andy Whitcroft authored
      
      
      Sparsemem abstracts the use of discontiguous mem_maps[].  This kind of
      mem_map[] is needed by discontiguous memory machines (like in the old
      CONFIG_DISCONTIGMEM case) as well as memory hotplug systems.  Sparsemem
      replaces DISCONTIGMEM when enabled, and it is hoped that it can eventually
      become a complete replacement.
      
      A significant advantage over DISCONTIGMEM is that it's completely separated
      from CONFIG_NUMA.  When producing this patch, it became apparent in that NUMA
      and DISCONTIG are often confused.
      
      Another advantage is that sparse doesn't require each NUMA node's ranges to be
      contiguous.  It can handle overlapping ranges between nodes with no problems,
      where DISCONTIGMEM currently throws away that memory.
      
      Sparsemem uses an array to provide different pfn_to_page() translations for
      each SECTION_SIZE area of physical memory.  This is what allows the mem_map[]
      to be chopped up.
      
      In order to do quick pfn_to_page() operations, the section number of the page
      is encoded in page->flags.  Part of the sparsemem infrastructure enables
      sharing of these bits more dynamically (at compile-time) between the
      page_zone() and sparsemem operations.  However, on 32-bit architectures, the
      number of bits is quite limited, and may require growing the size of the
      page->flags type in certain conditions.  Several things might force this to
      occur: a decrease in the SECTION_SIZE (if you want to hotplug smaller areas of
      memory), an increase in the physical address space, or an increase in the
      number of used page->flags.
      
      One thing to note is that, once sparsemem is present, the NUMA node
      information no longer needs to be stored in the page->flags.  It might provide
      speed increases on certain platforms and will be stored there if there is
      room.  But, if out of room, an alternate (theoretically slower) mechanism is
      used.
      
      This patch introduces CONFIG_FLATMEM.  It is used in almost all cases where
      there used to be an #ifndef DISCONTIG, because SPARSEMEM and DISCONTIGMEM
      often have to compile out the same areas of code.
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndy Whitcroft <apw@shadowen.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarDave Hansen <haveblue@us.ibm.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarMartin Bligh <mbligh@aracnet.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAdrian Bunk <bunk@stusta.de>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarYasunori Goto <y-goto@jp.fujitsu.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarBob Picco <bob.picco@hp.com>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarAndrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org>
      Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <torvalds@osdl.org>
      d41dee36
  2. 16 Apr, 2005 1 commit
    • Linus Torvalds's avatar
      Linux-2.6.12-rc2 · 1da177e4
      Linus Torvalds authored
      Initial git repository build. I'm not bothering with the full history,
      even though we have it. We can create a separate "historical" git
      archive of that later if we want to, and in the meantime it's about
      3.2GB when imported into git - space that would just make the early
      git days unnecessarily complicated, when we don't have a lot of good
      infrastructure for it.
      
      Let it rip!
      1da177e4