On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 11:06 PM Atish Patra <ati...@atishpatra.org> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 22, 2020 at 1:23 PM Arnd Bergmann <a...@arndb.de> wrote:
> >
> > I just noticed that rv32 allows 2GB of lowmem rather than just the usual
> > 768MB or 1GB, at the expense of addressable user memory. This seems
> > like an unusual choice, but I also don't see any reason to change this
> > or make it more flexible unless actual users appear.
> >
> I am a bit confused here. As per my understanding, RV32 supports 1GB
> of lowmem only
> as the page offset is set to 0xC0000000. The config option
> MAXPHYSMEM_2GB is misleading
> as RV32 actually allows 1GB of physical memory only.

Ok, in that case I was apparently misled by the Kconfig option name.

I just tried building a kernel to see what the boundaries actually are,
as this is not the only confusing bit. Here is what I see:

0x9dc00000 TASK_SIZE/FIXADDR_START   /* code comment says 0x9fc00000 */

Having exactly 1GB of linear map does make a lot of sense. Having PCI I/O,
vmemmap and fixmap come out of the user range means you get slightly
different behavior in user space if there are any changes to that set, but
that is probably fine as well, if you want the flexibility to go to a 2GB linear
map and expect user space to deal with that as well.

There is one common trick from arm32 however that you might want to
consider: if vmalloc was moved above the linear map rather than below,
the size of the vmalloc area can dynamically depend on the amount of
RAM that is actually present rather than be set to a fixed value.

On arm32, there is around 240MB of vmalloc space if the linear map
is fully populated with RAM, but it can grow to use all of the avaialable
address space if less RAM was detected at boot time (up to 3GB
depending on CONFIG_VMSPLIT).

> Any memory blocks beyond
> DRAM + 1GB are removed in setup_bootmem. IMHO, The current config
> should clarify that.
> Moreover, we should add 2G split under a separate configuration if we
> want to support that.

Right. It's probably not needed immediately, but can't hurt either.


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