Re: [PATCH: 002/017]Memory hotplug for new nodes v.4.(change name old add_memory() to arch_add_memory())

From: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <>
Date: 2006-03-18 12:26:53
On Fri, 17 Mar 2006 09:12:18 -0800
Dave Hansen <> wrote:

> On Fri, 2006-03-17 at 17:20 +0900, Yasunori Goto wrote:
> > This patch changes name of old add_memory() to arch_add_memory.
> > and use node id to get pgdat for the node at NODE_DATA().
> > 
> > Note: Powerpc's old add_memory() is defined as __devinit. However,
> >       add_memory() is usually called only after bootup. 
> >       I suppose it may be redundant. But, I'm not sure about powerpc.
> >       So, I keep it. (But, __meminit is better than __devinit at least.)
> My thoughts when originally designing the API were that the architecture
> may be the only bit that actually knows where the memory _is_.  So, we
> shouldn't involve the generic code in figuring this out.
> You can see the result of this in the next patch because there is a new
> function introduced to hide the arch-specific node lookup.  If that was
> simply done in the already arch-specific add_memory() function, then you
> wouldn't need arch_nid_probe() and its related #ifdefs at all.
If *determine node* function is moved to arch specific parts,
memory hot add need more and more codes to determine  paddr -> nid in arch
specific codes. Then, we have to add new paddr->nid function even if new nid is
passed by firmware. We *lose* useful information of nid from firmware if 
add_memory() has just 2 args, (start, end). 

Considering ACPI, ia64/x86_64 can share codes and it depends on ACPI , not on arch. 

It's trade-off between add special tiny #ifdef for probe
(not-firmware-supported memory hotplug) and add many codes for firmware-supported
memory hotplug function. Again, we *lose* information of nid from firmware 
if add_memory() has just 2 args (start, end). This is bad thing.

-- Kame

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