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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 Wed, 2022-06-08 at 13:59 +0530, Aneesh Kumar K V wrote:
> 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.

Thanks for your information. But why shouldn't we use them for
demotion? Because it's too slow? Even slower than disks? Or some
other reason?

Best Regards,
Huang, Ying


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