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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 5/7] xen/p2m: Add logic to revector a P2M tree to use __va leafs.

>>> On 27.07.12 at 19:34, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:47:47PM +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
>> >>> On 27.07.12 at 13:18, Stefano Stabellini 
>> >>> <stefano.stabellini@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> 
> wrote:
>> > On Thu, 26 Jul 2012, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>> >>  1) All P2M lookups instead of using the __ka address would
>> >>     use the __va address. This means we can safely erase from
>> >>     __ka space the PMD pointers that point to the PFNs for
>> >>     P2M array and be OK.
>> >>  2). Allocate a new array, copy the existing P2M into it,
>> >>     revector the P2M tree to use that, and return the old
>> >>     P2M to the memory allocate. This has the advantage that
>> >>     it sets the stage for using XEN_ELF_NOTE_INIT_P2M
>> >>     feature. That feature allows us to set the exact virtual
>> >>     address space we want for the P2M - and allows us to
>> >>     boot as initial domain on large machines.
>> >> 
>> >> So we pick option 2).
>> > 
>> > 1) looks like a decent option that requires less code.
>> > Is the problem with 1) that we might want to access the P2M before we
>> > have __va addresses ready?
>> AIUI 1) has no easy way of subsequently accommodating support
>> for XEN_ELF_NOTE_INIT_P2M (where you almost definitely will
>> want/need to reclaim the originally used VA space - if nothing else,
>> then for forward compatibility with the rest of the kernel).
> <nods> That was my thinking - this way we can boot dom0 (since
> the hypervisor is the only one that implements the
> XEN_ELF_NOTE_INIT_P2M) with large amount of memory. Granted booting
> with more than 500GB would require adding another layer to the P2M
> tree. But somehow I thought that we are limited in the hypervisor
> to 500GB?

The only limitation is that kexec (with the current specification)
would not work beyond 512Gb, but that's a non-issue for
upstream since kexec doesn't work there yet anyway. Our
kernels come up fine even on 5Tb now (which is the current
limit in the hypervisor).


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