On Wed 12-10-16 14:55:24, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> Hi,
> We have the following function policy_zonelist() which selects a zonelist
> during various allocation paths. With this, general user space allocations
> (IIUC might not have __GFP_THISNODE) fails while trying to get memory from
> a memory only node without CPUs as the application runs some where else
> and that node is not part of the nodemask.

I am not sure I understand. So you have a task with MPOL_BIND without a
cpu less node in the mask and you are wondering why the memory is not
allocated from that node?

> Why we insist on __GFP_THISNODE ?

AFAIU __GFP_THISNODE just overrides the given node to the policy
nodemask in case the current node is not part of that node mask. In
other words we are ignoring the given node and use what the policy says. 
I can see how this can be confusing especially when confronting the

 * __GFP_THISNODE forces the allocation to be satisified from the requested
 *   node with no fallbacks or placement policy enforcements.

Michal Hocko

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