[PATCH 00/10] mm: Linux VM Infrastructure to support Memory Power Management

Matthew Garrett mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org
Fri Jun 10 14:08:07 EDT 2011

On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 10:52:48AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 10, 2011 at 06:23:07PM +0100, Matthew Garrett wrote:
> > I haven't seen too many ARM servers with 256GB of RAM :) I'm mostly 
> > looking at this from an x86 perspective.
> But I have seen ARM embedded systems with CPU power consumption in
> the milliwatt range, which greatly reduces the amount of RAM required
> to get significant power savings from this approach.  Three orders
> of magnitude less CPU power consumption translates (roughly) to three
> orders of magnitude less memory required -- and embedded devices with
> more than 256MB of memory are quite common.

I'm not saying that powering down memory isn't a win, just that in the 
server market we're not even getting unused memory into self refresh at 
the moment. If we can gain that hardware capability then sub-node zoning 
means that we can look at allocating (and migrating?) RAM in such a way 
as to get a lot of the win that we'd gain from actually cutting the 
power, without the added overhead of actually shrinking our working set.

Matthew Garrett | mjg59 at srcf.ucam.org

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