From: Xavier Bru <>
Date: 2005-05-14 03:34:46
Hi John & all

We also have a concern about CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER=18 default value
with 64k page size, we get the message:
"BUG: wrong zone alignment, it will crash"
This is due to the normal zone (4 GB) not being aligned on the maximum 
order boundary (8GB).

A possible fix for this problem is to set the value to 17 for 64k pages...

--- linux-2.6.11r/arch/ia64/Kconfig 2005-05-11 15:23:34.000000000 +0200
+++ linux-2.6.11/arch/ia64/Kconfig 2005-05-13 17:55:56.072557343 +0200
@@ -229,6 +229,7 @@ config IA64_SGI_SN_SIM

+ default "17" if IA64_PAGE_SIZE_64KB
default "18"

config SMP

John Marvin wrote:

>I was wondering why CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER was changed from 19 (in 2.4)
>to 18 (in 2.6). Note that this value sets the maximum number of orders,
>i.e. the actual maximum order is one less, i.e. 17. For the 16Kb default
>page size this gives you a maximum page size of 2Gb, which isn't
>particularly useful on ia64 since that size is not supported. The only
>reason I can see 18 being useful would be to allow for 1Gb huge pages
>on a system where PAGE_SIZE is set to 8Kb.
>Anyway, with the default page size being 16K, it seems that it would
>be more appropriate for CONFIG_FORCE_MAX_ZONEORDER to be either 17 (for
>a 1 Gb max huge page size) or 19 (to support the maximum 4 Gb page size
>available on Itanium 2 systems).
>Is there another consideration that I've missed?
>John Marvin
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