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From: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>
To: Rene Herman <rene.herman@gmail.com>,
	patches@x86-64.org, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: [PATCH x86 for review II] [13/39] i386: CONFIG_PHYSICAL_ALIGN limited to 4M?
Date: Mon, 12 Feb 2007 08:38:00 +0100 (CET)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070212073800.3D44313DD5@wotan.suse.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070212837.963446000@suse.de>


From: Rene Herman <rene.herman@gmail.com>
A while ago it was remarked on list here that keeping the kernel 4M 
aligned physically might be a performance win if the added 1M (it 
normally loads at 1M) meant it would fit on one 4M aligned hugepage 
instead of 2 and since that time I've been doing such.

In fact, while I was at it, I ran the kernel at 16M; while admittedly a 
bit of a non-issue, having never experienced ZONE_DMA shortage, I am an 
ISA user on a >16M machine so this seemed to make sense -- no kernel 
eating up "precious" ISA-DMAable memory.

Recently CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START was replaced by CONFIG_PHYSICAL_ALIGN 
(commit e69f202d0a1419219198566e1c22218a5c71a9a6) and while 4M alignment 
is still possible, that's also the strictest alignment allowed meaning I 
can't load my (non-relocatable) kernel at 16M anymore.

If I just apply the following and set it to 16M, things seem to be 
working for me. Was there an important reason to limit the alignment to 
4M, and if so, even on non relocatable kernels?

Rene.

Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>

---
 arch/i386/Kconfig |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

Index: linux/arch/i386/Kconfig
===================================================================
--- linux.orig/arch/i386/Kconfig
+++ linux/arch/i386/Kconfig
@@ -843,7 +843,7 @@ config RELOCATABLE
 config PHYSICAL_ALIGN
 	hex "Alignment value to which kernel should be aligned"
 	default "0x100000"
-	range 0x2000 0x400000
+	range 0x2000 0x1000000
 	help
 	  This value puts the alignment restrictions on physical address
  	  where kernel is loaded and run from. Kernel is compiled for an

  parent reply	other threads:[~2007-02-12  7:48 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 47+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-12  7:37 [PATCH x86 for review II] [1/39] i386: move startup_32() in text.head section Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [2/39] x86_64: Break init() in two parts to avoid MODPOST warnings Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [3/39] i386: arch/i386/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c should #include <asm/mce.h> Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [4/39] i386: add idle notifier Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [5/39] i386: improve sched_clock() on i686 Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [6/39] i386: romsignature/checksum cleanup Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [7/39] x86_64: Fix fake numa for x86_64 machines with big IO hole Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [8/39] x86_64: Remove fastcall references in x86_64 code Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [9/39] x86_64: Use constant instead of raw number in x86_64 ioperm.c Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [10/39] x86_64: Handle 32 bit PerfMon Counter writes cleanly in x86_64 nmi_watchdog Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [11/39] i386: Handle 32 bit PerfMon Counter writes cleanly in i386 nmi_watchdog Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:37 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [12/39] i386: Handle 32 bit PerfMon Counter writes cleanly in oprofile Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` Andi Kleen [this message]
2007-02-13  6:36   ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [13/39] i386: CONFIG_PHYSICAL_ALIGN limited to 4M? Rene Herman
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [14/39] x86_64: cleanup Doc/x86_64/ files Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [15/39] x86_64: list x86_64 quilt tree Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [16/39] x86: simplify notify_page_fault() Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [17/39] x86_64: Tighten mce_amd driver MSR reads Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [18/39] x86_64: Allow to run a program when a machine check event is detected Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:54   ` Oliver Neukum
2007-02-12  8:04     ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  8:11       ` Bauke Jan Douma
2007-02-12 15:05       ` [patches] " Pavel Machek
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [19/39] x86_64: remove get_pmd() Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [20/39] i386: Small cleanup to TLB flush code Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [21/39] i386: rdmsr_on_cpu, wrmsr_on_cpu Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [22/39] x86_64: Kconfig typos Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [23/39] i386: use smp_call_function_single() Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [24/39] " Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [25/39] x86_64: Fix preprocessor condition Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [26/39] i386: fix 32-bit ioctls on x64_32 Andi Kleen
2007-02-12 13:24   ` Giuliano Procida
2007-02-12 22:28     ` Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [27/39] i386: APM on i386 Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [28/39] i386: fix size_or_mask and size_and_mask Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [29/39] x86_64: - Ignore long SMI interrupts in clock calibration code - update 1 Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [30/39] x86_64: Check return value of putreg in PTRACE_SETREGS Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [31/39] x86_64: Unexport __supported_pte_mask Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [32/39] x86_64: x86_64 - Fix FS/GS registers for VT execution Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [33/39] x86_64: Fix off by one error in IOMMU boundary checking Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [34/39] i386: Use stack arguments for calling into EFI Andi Kleen
2007-02-12 19:45   ` Frédéric RISS
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [35/39] x86_64: Don't reserve ROMs Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [36/39] x86_64: define dma noncoherent API functions Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [37/39] x86_64: robustify bad_dma_address handling Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [38/39] x86: fix laptop bootup hang in init_acpi() Andi Kleen
2007-02-12  7:38 ` [PATCH x86 for review II] [39/39] i386: All Transmeta CPUs have constant TSCs Andi Kleen

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