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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Cross Memory Attach
On Wed, 15 Sep 2010 23:46:09 +0900
Bryan Donlan <> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 19:58, Avi Kivity <> wrote:
> > Instead of those two syscalls, how about a vmfd(pid_t pid, ulong
> > start, ulong len) system call which returns an file descriptor that
> > represents a portion of the process address space.  You can then
> > use preadv() and pwritev() to copy memory, and
> > io_submit(IO_CMD_PREADV) and io_submit(IO_CMD_PWRITEV) for
> > asynchronous variants (especially useful with a dma engine, since
> > that adds latency).
> >
> > With some care (and use of mmu_notifiers) you can even mmap() your
> > vmfd and access remote process memory directly.
> Rather than introducing a new vmfd() API for this, why not just add
> implementations for these more efficient operations to the existing
> /proc/$pid/mem interface?

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding something here, but
accessing /proc/$pid/mem requires ptracing the target process.
We can't really have all these MPI processes ptraceing each other
just to send/receive a message....


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