[3.5.y.z,extended,stable] Patch "mm: use aligned zone start for pfn_to_bitidx calculation" has been added to staging queue

Submitted by Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski on Jan. 23, 2013, 4:44 a.m.


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Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski Jan. 23, 2013, 4:44 a.m.
This is a note to let you know that I have just added a patch titled

    mm: use aligned zone start for pfn_to_bitidx calculation

to the linux-3.5.y-queue branch of the 3.5.y.z extended stable tree 
which can be found at:


If you, or anyone else, feels it should not be added to this tree, please 
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From 31850224192469af970b7101df540acaf50d1081 Mon Sep 17 00:00:00 2001
From: Laura Abbott <lauraa@codeaurora.org>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 14:31:51 -0800
Subject: [PATCH] mm: use aligned zone start for pfn_to_bitidx calculation

commit c060f943d0929f3e429c5d9522290584f6281d6e upstream.

The current calculation in pfn_to_bitidx assumes that (pfn -
zone->zone_start_pfn) >> pageblock_order will return the same bit for
all pfn in a pageblock.  If zone_start_pfn is not aligned to
pageblock_nr_pages, this may not always be correct.

Consider the following with pageblock order = 10, zone start 2MB:

  pfn     | pfn - zone start | (pfn - zone start) >> page block order
  0x26000 | 0x25e00	   |  0x97
  0x26100 | 0x25f00	   |  0x97
  0x26200 | 0x26000	   |  0x98
  0x26300 | 0x26100	   |  0x98

This means that calling {get,set}_pageblock_migratetype on a single page
will not set the migratetype for the full block.  Fix this by rounding
down zone_start_pfn when doing the bitidx calculation.

For our use case, the effects of this bug were mostly tied to the fact
that CMA allocations would either take a long time or fail to happen.
Depending on the driver using CMA, this could result in anything from
visual glitches to application failures.

Signed-off-by: Laura Abbott <lauraa@codeaurora.org>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mgorman@suse.de>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
Signed-off-by: Herton Ronaldo Krzesinski <herton.krzesinski@canonical.com>
 mm/page_alloc.c |    2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)


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diff --git a/mm/page_alloc.c b/mm/page_alloc.c
index 9bd526c..007bf3b 100644
--- a/mm/page_alloc.c
+++ b/mm/page_alloc.c
@@ -5405,7 +5405,7 @@  static inline int pfn_to_bitidx(struct zone *zone, unsigned long pfn)
 	pfn &= (PAGES_PER_SECTION-1);
 	return (pfn >> pageblock_order) * NR_PAGEBLOCK_BITS;
-	pfn = pfn - zone->zone_start_pfn;
+	pfn = pfn - round_down(zone->zone_start_pfn, pageblock_nr_pages);
 	return (pfn >> pageblock_order) * NR_PAGEBLOCK_BITS;
 #endif /* CONFIG_SPARSEMEM */