[PATCH 0/3] support reserving crashkernel above 4G on arm64 kdump

Bhupesh Sharma bhsharma at redhat.com
Mon Apr 8 22:20:16 PDT 2019

Hi Chen,

Thanks for the patchset.

Before I review the patches in detail, I have a couple of generic 
queries. Please see them in-line:

On 04/03/2019 11:05 AM, Chen Zhou wrote:
> When crashkernel is reserved above 4G in memory, kernel should reserve
> some amount of low memory for swiotlb and some DMA buffers. So there may
> be two crash kernel regions, one is below 4G, the other is above 4G.
> Crash dump kernel reads more than one crash kernel regions via a dtb
> property under node /chosen,
> linux,usable-memory-range = <BASE1 SIZE1 [BASE2 SIZE2]>.
> Besides, we need to modify kexec-tools:
>    arm64: support more than one crash kernel regions
> Chen Zhou (3):
>    arm64: kdump: support reserving crashkernel above 4G
>    arm64: kdump: support more than one crash kernel regions
>    kdump: update Documentation about crashkernel on arm64
>   Documentation/admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt |   4 +-
>   arch/arm64/kernel/setup.c                       |   3 +
>   arch/arm64/mm/init.c                            | 108 ++++++++++++++++++++----
>   include/linux/memblock.h                        |   1 +
>   mm/memblock.c                                   |  40 +++++++++
>   5 files changed, 139 insertions(+), 17 deletions(-)

I am wondering about the use-case for the same. I remember normally 
fedora-based arm64 systems can do well with a maximum crashkernel size 
of <=512MB reserved below the 4G boundary.

So, do you mean that for your use-case (may be a huawei board based 
setup?), you need:

- more than 512MB of crashkernel size, or
- you want to split the crashkernel reservation across the 4GB boundary 
irrespective of the crashkernel size value.


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