POWER 4k page size
On ppc64le, the kernel is currently compiled for 64k page size.
This change proposes using the more common 4k page size.
Some HPC workloads may be disadvantaged slightly. Workstation users are likely to encounter fewer bugs.
Some things, like the AMD Radeon GPU drivers, firmware or related code, appear to be completely non-functional on the 64k page size. Insufficient upstream developers are testing such issues on this architecture.
- Name: Daniel Pocock
- Email: email@example.com
- Targeted release: Fedora 34
- Last updated: 2021-01-11
- FESCo issue: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
- Tracker bug: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
- Release notes tracker: <will be assigned by the Wrangler>
Discussed several times on devel, latest here
Benefit to Fedora
Better first impression for users of ppc64le workstations.
Users can focus on reporting ppc64le bugs without being sidetracked by page size bugs.
- Proposal owners: DanielPocock
- Other developers: please volunteer by adding your name here
- Release engineering: #9939 (a check of an impact with Release Engineering is needed)
- Policies and guidelines: no, as it is an arch-specific issues, most other architectures already have a 4k page size
- Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)
- Alignment with Objectives: none of the current objectives relate to this change
N/A (not a System Wide Change)
How To Test
New GPUs are more likely to just work on this non-x86 architecture, as long as the latest firmware, mesa, llvm are also used.
Btrfs, the default filesystem, will use the sector size identical to the running kernel's page size. As the 4k page size is more common, this will ensure Btrfs filesystems created on ppc64le hosts can be used on x86 and other hosts without hassle.
All RPMs must be rebuilt on a server running the final page size (4k)
- Contingency mechanism: Prepare a kernel with the original 64k config, install it on the build server, rebuild all the packages for this architecture
- Contingency deadline: whenever the last time for a full rebuild or kernel change is possible
- Blocks release? Yes, full rebuild of all packages must be completed before release
- Blocks product? product