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    Subject[GIT PATCH] x86,percpu: fix pageattr handling with remap allocator

    Upon ack, please pull from the following git tree.

    git:// x86-percpu-pageattr

    This patchset fixes subtile bug in pageattr handling when remap percpu
    first chunk allocator is in use and implements percpu_alloc kernel
    parameter so that allocator can be selected from boot prompt.

    This problem was spotted by Jan Beulich.

    The remap allocator allocates a PMD page per cpu, returns whatever is
    unnecessary to the page allocator and remaps the PMD page into vmalloc
    area to construct the first percpu chunk. This is to take advantage
    of large page mapping. However this creates active aliases for the
    recycled pages. When some user allocates the recycled pages and tries
    to change pageattr on it, remapped PMD alias might end up having
    different attributes with the regular page mapped addresses which can
    lead to subtle data corruption according to Andi.

    Similar problem exists for the high mapped area of x86_64 kernel which
    is handled by detecting the alias and splitting up the high map PMD
    and applying the same attributes there. This patch implements the
    same workaround for remapped first chunk.

    Also, it's still unclear whether the remap allocator is worth the
    trouble. Andi thinks it would be better to simply use 4k mapping on
    NUMA machines as PMD TLB is much more precious resource than PTE TLB.
    To ease testing, this patch implements percpu_alloc kernel parameter
    which allows explicitly selecting which allocator to use.

    This patchset contains the following four patches.


    0001-0002 preps for pageattr fix. 0003 fixes the pageattr bug. 0004
    implements percpu_alloc kernel parameter.

    This patchset is on top of the current linux-2.6#master
    (210af919c949a7d6bd330916ef376cec2907d81e) and contains the following

    Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 6 +
    arch/x86/include/asm/percpu.h | 9 +
    arch/x86/kernel/setup_percpu.c | 186 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------
    arch/x86/mm/pageattr.c | 59 +++++++----
    mm/percpu.c | 13 +-
    5 files changed, 197 insertions(+), 76 deletions(-)



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