|author||Nathan Fontenot <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2011-01-20 10:43:34 -0600|
|committer||Greg Kroah-Hartman <email@example.com>||2011-02-03 16:08:57 -0800|
memory hotplug: Allow memory blocks to span multiple memory sections
Update the memory sysfs code such that each sysfs memory directory is now considered a memory block that can span multiple memory sections per memory block. The default size of each memory block is SECTION_SIZE_BITS to maintain the current behavior of having a single memory section per memory block (i.e. one sysfs directory per memory section). For architectures that want to have memory blocks span multiple memory sections they need only define their own memory_block_size_bytes() routine. Update the memory hotplug documentation to reflect the new behaviors of memory blocks reflected in sysfs. Signed-off-by: Nathan Fontenot <firstname.lastname@example.org> Reviewed-by: Robin Holt <email@example.com> Reviewed-by: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <firstname.lastname@example.org> Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <email@example.com>
Diffstat (limited to 'Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt')
1 files changed, 31 insertions, 16 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt b/Documentation/memory-hotplug.txt
index 57e7e9cc1870..8f485d72cf25 100644
@@ -126,36 +126,51 @@ config options.
4 sysfs files for memory hotplug
-All sections have their device information under /sys/devices/system/memory as
+All sections have their device information in sysfs. Each section is part of
+a memory block under /sys/devices/system/memory as
-(XXX is section id.)
+(XXX is the section id.)
-Now, XXX is defined as start_address_of_section / section_size.
+Now, XXX is defined as (start_address_of_section / section_size) of the first
+section contained in the memory block. The files 'phys_index' and
+'end_phys_index' under each directory report the beginning and end section id's
+for the memory block covered by the sysfs directory. It is expected that all
+memory sections in this range are present and no memory holes exist in the
+range. Currently there is no way to determine if there is a memory hole, but
+the existence of one should not affect the hotplug capabilities of the memory
For example, assume 1GiB section size. A device for a memory starting at
0x100000000 is /sys/device/system/memory/memory4
(0x100000000 / 1Gib = 4)
This device covers address range [0x100000000 ... 0x140000000)
-Under each section, you can see 4 files.
+Under each section, you can see 4 or 5 files, the end_phys_index file being
+a recent addition and not present on older kernels.
-'phys_index' : read-only and contains section id, same as XXX.
-'state' : read-write
- at read: contains online/offline state of memory.
- at write: user can specify "online", "offline" command
-'phys_device': read-only: designed to show the name of physical memory device.
- This is not well implemented now.
-'removable' : read-only: contains an integer value indicating
- whether the memory section is removable or not
- removable. A value of 1 indicates that the memory
- section is removable and a value of 0 indicates that
- it is not removable.
+'phys_index' : read-only and contains section id of the first section
+ in the memory block, same as XXX.
+'end_phys_index' : read-only and contains section id of the last section
+ in the memory block.
+'state' : read-write
+ at read: contains online/offline state of memory.
+ at write: user can specify "online", "offline" command
+ which will be performed on al sections in the block.
+'phys_device' : read-only: designed to show the name of physical memory
+ device. This is not well implemented now.
+'removable' : read-only: contains an integer value indicating
+ whether the memory block is removable or not
+ removable. A value of 1 indicates that the memory
+ block is removable and a value of 0 indicates that
+ it is not removable. A memory block is removable only if
+ every section in the block is removable.
These directories/files appear after physical memory hotplug phase.