[PATCH] arm64: add NUMA emulation support

Michal Hocko mhocko at kernel.org
Tue Sep 4 23:42:52 PDT 2018

On Tue 04-09-18 15:59:34, Shuah Khan wrote:
> This will support the following workload requirements:
> - reserving one or more NUMA memory nodes for class of critical tasks that require
>   guaranteed memory availability.
> - isolate memory blocks with a guaranteed exclusive access.

How do you enforce kernel doesn't allocate from those reserved nodes?
They will be in a fallback zonelists so once the memory gets used on all
other ones then the kernel happily spills over to your reserved node.

> NUMA emulation to split the flat machine into "x" number of nodes, combined with
> cpuset cgroup with the following example configuration will make it possible to
> support the above workloads on non-NUMA platforms.
> numa=fake=4
> cpuset.mems=2
> cpuset.cpus=2
> cpuset.mem_exclusive=1 (enabling exclusive use of the memory nodes by a CPU set)
> cpuset.mem_hardwall=1  (separate the memory nodes that are allocated to different cgroups)

This will only enforce userspace to follow and I strongly suspect that
tasks in the root cgroup will be allowed to allocate as well.
Michal Hocko

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