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From: Prarit Bhargava <prarit@redhat.com>
To: "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@suse.com>
Cc: Stuart Hayes <stuart.w.hayes@gmail.com>,
	tglx@linutronix.de, mingo@redhat.com,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, x86@kernel.org,
	mcgrof@do-not-panic.com, Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com>
Subject: Re: Fwd: [PATCH] x86: Use larger chunks in mtrr_cleanup
Date: Thu, 03 Sep 2015 14:10:14 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <55E88D06.3040608@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20150903175902.GU8051@wotan.suse.de>



On 09/03/2015 01:59 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 03, 2015 at 08:17:02AM -0400, Prarit Bhargava wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 09/02/2015 10:45 PM, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
>>> On Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 11:05:33AM -0500, Stuart Hayes wrote:
>>>> Increase the range of chunk sizes tried in mtrr_cleanup() so it is able
>>>> to map large memory configs into MTRRs.
>>>>
>>>> Currently, mtrr_cleanup() will fail with large memory configurations,
>>>> because it limits chunk_size to 2GB, which means that each MTRR can only
>>>> cover 2GB of memory.  With a memory size of, say, 256GB, and ten variable
>>>> MTRRs (such as some recent Intel CPUs have), it is not possible to set up
>>>> the MTRRs to cover all of memory.
>>>
>>> Linux drivers no longer use MTRR so why is the cleanup needed, ie, what would
>>> happen if the cleanup is just skipped in your case ?
>>
>> The infiniband & video drivers still use MTRR (or at least it was my
>> understanding that they do). 
> 
> There were a few stragglers left on v4.2, I have transformed them in the latest
> development changes and those tranformations are now part of linux-next. If
> this is specific to a driver you may want to first ensure you backport the
> required patch that transforms the driver to use proper PAT interfaces, v4.2
> should have most updates but there were still a few left. Just make sure your
> driver doesn't call mtrr_add() directly and if it doesn't then you should be
> OK.
> 
>> In any case, Stuart -- could you try booting with
>> 'disable_mtrr_cleanup' as a kernel parameter?
> 
> Indeed, please I'd like to hear back. Be sure to have the respective driver
> transformation in place, what driver are you using exactly? In the event that
> you argue this is still needed I'd like to know exaclty *why*, the comit log
> does not mention any of that at all.
> 

Well ... we are trying to also fix this in older kernels too, *cough* RHEL
*cough*, so that's where the patch comes from.  If upstream is going to
deprecate/remove mtrr support so be it.  We can do a stable fix instead to fix
older stable kernels.

P.

  reply	other threads:[~2015-09-03 18:10 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 23+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <55E477DE.2060106@gmail.com>
2015-08-31 16:05 ` Stuart Hayes
2015-09-03  2:45   ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 12:17     ` Prarit Bhargava
2015-09-03 17:59       ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 18:10         ` Prarit Bhargava [this message]
2015-09-03 18:40           ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 19:22             ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-03 19:51               ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 21:31                 ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-03 22:07                   ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 22:25                     ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-03 22:45                       ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-03 23:21                         ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-03 23:54                           ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-04  0:48                             ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-04  1:40                               ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2015-09-04 14:56                                 ` Toshi Kani
2015-09-04  6:51                             ` Jan Beulich
2015-09-14 14:46       ` Stuart Hayes
2015-11-05 19:14         ` Yinghai Lu
2015-11-05 19:43           ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2016-03-16 20:20             ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2016-03-29 17:07               ` Luis R. Rodriguez

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