From: Pekka Enberg on
David Rientjes wrote:
> Slab lacks any memory hotplug support for nodes that are hotplugged
> without cpus being hotplugged. This is possible at least on x86
> CONFIG_MEMORY_HOTPLUG_SPARSE kernels where SRAT entries are marked
> ACPI_SRAT_MEM_HOT_PLUGGABLE and the regions of RAM represent a seperate
> node. It can also be done manually by writing the start address to
> /sys/devices/system/memory/probe for kernels that have
> CONFIG_ARCH_MEMORY_PROBE set, which is how this patch was tested, and
> then onlining the new memory region.
> When a node is hotadded, a nodelist for that node is allocated and
> initialized for each slab cache. If this isn't completed due to a lack
> of memory, the hotadd is aborted: we have a reasonable expectation that
> kmalloc_node(nid) will work for all caches if nid is online and memory is
> available.
> Since nodelists must be allocated and initialized prior to the new node's
> memory actually being online, the struct kmem_list3 is allocated off-node
> due to kmalloc_node()'s fallback.
> When an entire node would be offlined, its nodelists are subsequently
> drained. If slab objects still exist and cannot be freed, the offline is
> aborted. It is possible that objects will be allocated between this
> drain and page isolation, so it's still possible that the offline will
> still fail, however.
> Signed-off-by: David Rientjes <rientjes(a)>

I queued this up for 2.6.35. Thanks!
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