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Subject[RFC][PATCH v2 00/21] PMEM NUMA node and hotness accounting/migration
This is an attempt to use NVDIMM/PMEM as volatile NUMA memory that's
transparent to normal applications and virtual machines.

The code is still in active development. It's provided for early design review.

Key functionalities:

1) create and describe PMEM NUMA node for NVDIMM memory
2) dumb /proc/PID/idle_pages interface, for user space driven hot page accounting
3) passive kernel cold page migration in page reclaim path
4) improved move_pages() for active user space hot/cold page migration

(1) is foundation for transparent usage of NVDIMM for normal apps and virtual
machines. (2-4) enable auto placing hot pages in DRAM for better performance.
A user space migration daemon is being built based on this kernel patchset to
make the full vertical solution.

Base kernel is v4.20 . The patches are not suitable for upstreaming in near
future -- some are quick hacks, some others need more works. However they are
complete enough to demo the necessary kernel changes for the proposed app&VM
transparent NVDIMM volatile use model.

The interfaces are far from finalized. They kind of illustrate what would be
necessary for creating a user space driven solution. The exact forms will ask
for more thoughts and inputs. We may adopt HMAT based solution for NUMA node
related interface when they are ready. The /proc/PID/idle_pages interface is
standalone but non-trivial. Before upstreaming some day, it's expected to take
long time to collect various real use cases and feedbacks, so as to refine and
stabilize the format.

Create PMEM numa node

[PATCH 01/21] e820: cheat PMEM as DRAM

Mark numa node as DRAM/PMEM

[PATCH 02/21] acpi/numa: memorize NUMA node type from SRAT table
[PATCH 03/21] x86/numa_emulation: fix fake NUMA in uniform case
[PATCH 04/21] x86/numa_emulation: pass numa node type to fake nodes
[PATCH 05/21] mmzone: new pgdat flags for DRAM and PMEM
[PATCH 06/21] x86,numa: update numa node type
[PATCH 07/21] mm: export node type {pmem|dram} under /sys/bus/node

Point neighbor DRAM/PMEM to each other

[PATCH 08/21] mm: introduce and export pgdat peer_node
[PATCH 09/21] mm: avoid duplicate peer target node

Standalone zonelist for DRAM and PMEM nodes

[PATCH 10/21] mm: build separate zonelist for PMEM and DRAM node

Keep page table pages in DRAM

[PATCH 11/21] kvm: allocate page table pages from DRAM
[PATCH 12/21] x86/pgtable: allocate page table pages from DRAM

/proc/PID/idle_pages interface for virtual machine and normal tasks

[PATCH 13/21] x86/pgtable: dont check PMD accessed bit
[PATCH 14/21] kvm: register in mm_struct
[PATCH 15/21] ept-idle: EPT walk for virtual machine
[PATCH 16/21] mm-idle: mm_walk for normal task
[PATCH 17/21] proc: introduce /proc/PID/idle_pages
[PATCH 18/21] kvm-ept-idle: enable module

Mark hot pages

[PATCH 19/21] mm/migrate.c: add move_pages(MPOL_MF_SW_YOUNG) flag

Kernel DRAM=>PMEM migration

[PATCH 20/21] mm/vmscan.c: migrate anon DRAM pages to PMEM node
[PATCH 21/21] mm/vmscan.c: shrink anon list if can migrate to PMEM

arch/x86/include/asm/numa.h | 2
arch/x86/include/asm/pgalloc.h | 10
arch/x86/include/asm/pgtable.h | 3
arch/x86/kernel/e820.c | 3
arch/x86/kvm/Kconfig | 11
arch/x86/kvm/Makefile | 4
arch/x86/kvm/ept_idle.c | 841 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
arch/x86/kvm/ept_idle.h | 116 ++++
arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c | 12
arch/x86/mm/numa.c | 3
arch/x86/mm/numa_emulation.c | 30 +
arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c | 22
drivers/acpi/numa.c | 5
drivers/base/node.c | 21
fs/proc/base.c | 2
fs/proc/internal.h | 1
fs/proc/task_mmu.c | 54 +
include/linux/mm_types.h | 11
include/linux/mmzone.h | 38 +
mm/mempolicy.c | 14
mm/migrate.c | 13
mm/page_alloc.c | 77 ++
mm/pagewalk.c | 1
mm/vmscan.c | 38 +
virt/kvm/kvm_main.c | 3
25 files changed, 1306 insertions(+), 29 deletions(-)

V1 patches:


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