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SubjectRe: [kvm-devel] [patch 2/6] mmu_notifier: Callbacks to invalidate address ranges
On Thu, 31 Jan 2008, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 04:01:31PM -0800, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > How we offload that? Before the scan of the rmaps we do not have the
> > mmstruct. So we'd need another notifier_rmap_callback.
> My assumption is that that "int lock" exists just because
> unmap_mapping_range_vma exists. If I'm right then my suggestion was to
> move the invalidate_range after dropping the i_mmap_lock and not to
> invoke it inside zap_page_range.

There is still no pointer to the mm_struct available there because pages
of a mapping may belong to multiple processes. So we need to add another
rmap method?

The same issue is also occurring for unmap_hugepages().

> There's no reason why KVM should take any risk of corrupting memory
> due to a single missing mmu notifier, with not taking the
> refcount. get_user_pages will take it for us, so we have to pay the
> atomic-op anyway. It sure worth doing the atomic_dec inside the mmu
> notifier, and not immediately like this:

Well the GRU uses follow_page() instead of get_user_pages. Performance is
a major issue for the GRU.

> get_user_pages(pages)
> __free_page(pages[0])
> The idea is that what works for GRU, works for KVM too. So we do a
> single invalidate_page and clustered invalidate_pages, we add that,
> and then we make sure all places are covered so GRU will not
> kernel-crash, and KVM won't risk to run oom or to generate _userland_
> corruption.

Hmmmm.. Could we go to a scheme where we do not have to increase the page
count? Modifications of the page struct require dirtying a cache line and
it seems that we do not need an increased page count if we have an
invalidate_range_start() that clears all the external references
and stops the establishment of new ones and invalidate_range_end() that
reenables new external references?

Then we do not need the frequent invalidate_page() calls.

The typical case would be anyways that invalidate_all() is called
before anything else on exit. Invalidate_all() would remove all pages
and disable creation of new references to the memory in the mm_struct.

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