How to disable NUMA in Red Hat Enterprise Linux system?

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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
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  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9


  • How to disable NUMA in Red Hat Enterprise Linux system?


  • Adding the "numa=off" to kernel command line in boot loader configuration and rebooting the system will disable NUMA awareness.


  • RHEL6 or earlier (/boot/grub/grub.conf)

        title Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS (2.6.9-55.EL)
                root (hd0,0)
                kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.9-55.EL ro root=/dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 rhgb quiet numa=off
                initrd /initrd-2.6.9-55.EL.img
  • RHEL7 or later (/etc/default/grub)

        GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX=" vconsole.font=latarcyrheb-sun16 crashkernel=auto  vconsole.keymap=us rhgb quiet numa=off"

    Please note, grub config has to be rebuilt for changes to take effect:

    # grub2-mkconfig -o /etc/grub2.cfg
  • To modify grub from RHEL8 and later refer: How do I permanently modify the kernel command line in RHEL 8 or 9?

Root Cause

  • NUMA cannot be disabled, but kernel can handle all memory as a single NUMA node. /usr/share/doc/kernel-doc-4.18.0/Documentation/x86/x86_64/boot-options.txt describes the option as follows.

      numa=off      Only set up a single NUMA node spanning all memory.

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Good to know it can be disabled for newly installed kernels in /etc/default/grub.

~]# grub2-mkconfig -o /etc/grub2.cfg ---->>>>please note:the above command is available for BIOS-based machine。 If a UEFI-based machine, the command is:grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/efi/EFI/redhat/grub.cfg Plaese modify 。 Please refer this article:

/etc/grub2.cfg is symlink pointing to proper EFI or BIOS grub.cfg; Therefore it is universal method of updating grub config.

How to disable numa on RHEL8? is it the same as RHEL7? Thanks

How to disable in RHEL8 and RHCOS?