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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 6/9] mm/demotion: Add support for removing node from demotion memory tiers
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On 6/8/22 1:53 PM, Ying Huang wrote:
> On Wed, 2022-06-08 at 13:50 +0530, Aneesh Kumar K V wrote:
>> On 6/8/22 12:29 PM, Ying Huang wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2022-06-03 at 19:12 +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
>>>> This patch adds the special string "none" as a supported memtier value
>>>> that we can use to remove a specific node from being using as demotion target.
>>>>
>>>> For ex:
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1# cat memtier
>>>> 1
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1# cat ../../memtier/memtier1/nodelist
>>>> 1-3
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1# echo none > memtier
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1#
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1# cat memtier
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1# cat ../../memtier/memtier1/nodelist
>>>> 2-3
>>>> :/sys/devices/system/node/node1#
>>>
>>> Do you have a practical use case for this? What kind of memory node
>>> needs to be removed from memory tiers demotion/promotion?
>>>
>>
>> This came up in our internal discussion. It was mentioned that there is
>> a need to skip some slow memory nodes from participating in demotion.
>
> Again, can you provide a practical use case? Why we shouldn't demote
> cold pages to these slow memory nodes? How do we use these slow memory
> node? These slow memory node is slower than disk?
>

This was discussed in the context of memory borrowed from remote machine
(aka OpenCAPI memory). In such case, we would have a memory only NUMA
node which we want to avoid using for demotion.

-aneesh

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