Recently, adding a persistent memory to be used like a regular RAM was
added to Linux. This work extends this functionality to also allow hot
removing persistent memory.
We (Microsoft) have a very important use case for this functionality.
The requirement is for physical machines with small amount of RAM (~8G)
to be able to reboot in a very short period of time (<1s). Yet, there is
a userland state that is expensive to recreate (~2G).
The solution is to boot machines with 2G preserved for persistent
Copy the state, and hotadd the persistent memory so machine still has all
8G for runtime. Before reboot, hotremove device-dax 2G, copy the memory
that is needed to be preserved to pmem0 device, and reboot.
The series of operations look like this:
1. After boot restore /dev/pmem0 to boot
2. Convert raw pmem0 to devdax
ndctl create-namespace --mode devdax --map mem -e namespace0.0 -f
3. Hotadd to System RAM
echo dax0.0 > /sys/bus/dax/drivers/device_dax/unbind
echo dax0.0 > /sys/bus/dax/drivers/kmem/new_id
4. Before reboot hotremove device-dax memory from System RAM
echo dax0.0 > /sys/bus/dax/drivers/kmem/unbind
5. Create raw pmem0 device
ndctl create-namespace --mode raw -e namespace0.0 -f
6. Copy the state to this device
7. Do kexec reboot, or reboot through firmware, is firmware does not
zero memory in pmem region.
Pavel Tatashin (2):
device-dax: fix memory and resource leak if hotplug fails
device-dax: "Hotremove" persistent memory that is used like normal RAM
drivers/dax/dax-private.h | 2 +
drivers/dax/kmem.c | 82 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
2 files changed, 79 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)