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SubjectRe: [patch 0/6] MMU Notifiers V6
On Fri, 08 Feb 2008 14:06:16 -0800
Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com> wrote:

> This is a patchset implementing MMU notifier callbacks based on Andrea's
> earlier work. These are needed if Linux pages are referenced from something
> else than tracked by the rmaps of the kernel (an external MMU). MMU
> notifiers allow us to get rid of the page pinning for RDMA and various
> other purposes. It gets rid of the broken use of mlock for page pinning.
> (mlock really does *not* pin pages....)
>
> More information on the rationale and the technical details can be found in
> the first patch and the README provided by that patch in
> Documentation/mmu_notifiers.
>
> The known immediate users are
>
> KVM
> - Establishes a refcount to the page via get_user_pages().
> - External references are called spte.
> - Has page tables to track pages whose refcount was elevated but
> no reverse maps.
>
> GRU
> - Simple additional hardware TLB (possibly covering multiple instances of
> Linux)
> - Needs TLB shootdown when the VM unmaps pages.
> - Determines page address via follow_page (from interrupt context) but can
> fall back to get_user_pages().
> - No page reference possible since no page status is kept..
>
> XPmem
> - Allows use of a processes memory by remote instances of Linux.
> - Provides its own reverse mappings to track remote pte.
> - Established refcounts on the exported pages.
> - Must sleep in order to wait for remote acks of ptes that are being
> cleared.
>

What about ib_umem_get()?


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