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    SubjectRe: [PATCH][RFC] pte notifiers -- support for external page tables
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    Avi Kivity <avi-atKUWr5tajBWk0Htik3J/w@public.gmane.org> writes:
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    > pte notifiers are different from paravirt_ops: they extend the normal
    > page tables rather than replace them; and they provide high-level information
    > such as the vma and the virtual address for the driver to use.

    Sounds like a locking horror to me. To do anything with page tables
    you need locks. Both for the kernel page tables and for your new tables.

    What happens when people add all
    things of complicated operations in these notifiers? That will likely
    happen and then everytime you change something in VM code they
    will break. This has the potential to increase the cost of maintaining
    VM code considerably, which would be a bad thing.

    This is quite different from paravirt ops because low level pvops
    can typically run lockless by just doing some kind of hypercall directly.
    But that won't work for maintaining your custom page tables.

    -Andi
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