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Re: Very large memory configurations: > 16 TB

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On Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 9:09 AM, Jack Steiner <steiner@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> SGI is currently developing an x86_64 system with more than 16TB of memory per
> SSI. As far as I can tell, this should be supported. The relevant definitions
> such as MAX_PHYSMEM_BITS appear ok.
> One area of concern is page counts. Exceeding 16TB will also exceed MAX_INT
> page frames. The kernel (at least in all places I've found) keep pagecounts
> in longs.
> Have I missed anything? Should this > 16TB work? Are there any kernel problems or
> problems with user tools that anyone knows of.
> Any help or pointers to potential problem areas would be appreciated...

I don't know of any place that uses ints to count physical pages.
However, the page_referenced functions in mm/rmap.c return reference
counts as an integer. I believe a wraparound would only mislead the
LRU algorithms, but I haven't thought about it much. (Not sure why we
return a count anyway, since I believe callers only want to compare it
against zero ???)

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.
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