Re: [RFC/PATCH] pfn_valid() more generic : arch independent part[0/2]

From: Martin J. Bligh <>
Date: 2004-10-08 00:38:08
> mem_map(1) from  36e    length 1fb6d  --- ZONE_DMA    (36e to 1fedb)
> mem_map(2) from  1fedc  length   124  --- ZONE_DMA    (1fedc to 20000)
> ZONE_DMA is 0G to 4G.
> mem_map(3) from  40000  length 40000  --- ZONE_NORMAL (4G to 8G, this mem_map is aligned)
> mem_map(4) from  a0000  length 20000  --- ZONE_NORMAL (10G to 12G)
> mem_map(5) from  bfedc  length   124  --- ZONE_NORMAL (this is involved in mem_map(4))
> ZONE_NORMAL is 4G to 12G.
> node's start_pfn and end_pfn is aligned to granule size, but holes in memmap is not.
> The vmemmap is aligned to # of page structs in one page.
> virtual_memmap_init() is called directly from efi_memmap_walk() and
> it doesn't take granule size of ia64 into account.
> Hmm....
> It looks what I should do is to make memmap to be aligned to ia64's granule.
> thanks for your advise. I maybe considerd this problem too serious.
> If vmemmap is aligned, ia64_pfn_valid() will work fine. or only 1 level table
> will be needed.

The normal way to fix the above is just to have a bitmap array to test - 
in your case a 1GB granularity would be sufficicent. That takes < 1 word
to implement for the example above ;-)


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Received on Thu Oct 7 10:38:52 2004

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