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SubjectRe: [rfc][patch] Memory Binding Take 2 (1/1)
Andrew Morton wrote:
> Matthew Dobson <> wrote:
>>+#define __NR_mbind 223
> What was wrong with "membind"?
Well, there was nothing wrong with it, per se, I just liked Paolo's
suggestion to align the naming with mmap, munmap, mremap, etc. The
syscalls that manipulate a processes address space tend to be called
m(something). Right now it isn't as generic as I'd like it to be, but
all in good time.

>>+/* Translate a cpumask to a nodemask */
>>+static inline void cpumask_to_nodemask(bitmap_t cpumask, bitmap_t nodemask)
>>+ int i;
>>+ for (i = 0; i < NR_CPUS; i++)
>>+ if (test_bit(i, cpumask))
> That's a bit weird. test_bit is only permitted on longs, so why introduce
> bitmap_t?
Erm... Good point. I really wanted to try and maintain the abstraction
of a bitmap type. I hoped that we could, via macros and typedefs, keep
the underlying data type obscured, and have a good facsimile of variable
length bitmaps. It's proving too difficult to hide the fact that
they're just unsigned long[]'s, so I'll give up the ghost and pass them
as unsigned long *'s.

>>+/* Top-level function for allocating a binding for a region of memory */
>>+static inline struct binding *alloc_binding(bitmap_t nodemask)
>>+ struct binding *binding;
>>+ int node, zone_num;
>>+ binding = (struct binding *)kmalloc(sizeof(struct binding), GFP_KERNEL);
>>+ if (!binding)
>>+ return NULL;
>>+ memset(binding, 0, sizeof(struct binding));
>>+ /* Build binding zonelist */
>>+ for (node = 0, zone_num = 0; node < MAX_NUMNODES; node++)
>>+ if (test_bit(node, nodemask) && node_online(node))
>>+ zone_num = add_node(NODE_DATA(node),
>>+ &binding->zonelist, zone_num);
>>+ binding->zonelist.zones[zone_num] = NULL;
>>+ if (zone_num == 0) {
>>+ /* No zones were added to the zonelist. Let the caller know. */
>>+ kfree(binding);
>>+ binding = NULL;
>>+ }
>>+ return binding;
> It looks like this function needs to be able to return a real errno (see
> below).
True. EFAULT is a sorta decent catchall, but not appropriate for
something like no memory, etc.

>>+ struct vm_area_struct *vma = NULL;
>>+ struct address_space *mapping;
>>+ int copy_len, error = 0;
>>+ /* Deal with getting cpu_mask from userspace & translating to node_mask */
>>+ copy_len = min(mask_len, (unsigned int)NR_CPUS);
>>+ CLEAR_BITMAP(cpu_mask, NR_CPUS);
>>+ if (copy_from_user(cpu_mask, mask_ptr, (copy_len+7)/8)) {
>>+ error = -EFAULT;
>>+ goto out;
>>+ }
>>+ cpumask_to_nodemask(cpu_mask, node_mask);
>>+ vma = find_vma(current->mm, start);
>>+ if (!(vma && vma->vm_file && vma->vm_ops &&
>>+ vma->vm_ops->nopage == shmem_nopage)) {
>>+ /* This isn't a shm segment. For now, we bail. */
>>+ error = -EINVAL;
>>+ goto out;
>>+ }
>>+ mapping = vma->vm_file->f_dentry->d_inode->i_mapping;
>>+ mapping->binding = alloc_binding(node_mask);
>>+ if (!mapping->binding)
>>+ error = -EFAULT;
> It returns EFAULT on memory exhaustion?
No longer... That'll be fixed in version 3.

> btw, can you remind me again why this is only available to tmpfs pagecache?
I can try! ;) I originally wanted to do just a shared memory binding
call, but people (correctly) suggested a more generic memory binding
would be more useful. So I've basically just set up a lot of the
infrastructure for a more generic call, but haven't fully implemented
it. This patch is intended to be a starting point, from which it will
be easy to incrementally add more functionality and power to the binding
call. The underlying code (syscalls, structures, .c files, allocator
changes) won't have to change too much. So this patch works for any
shared memory segment. It'd be straightforward to extend this to any
file-backed vma (because it already has a struct address_space, with a
struct binding in it), so I hope to grow this into something more.



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