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SubjectRe: [kvm-devel] [PATCH] export notifier #1
On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 12:27:47PM -0800, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> There are still dirty bit issues.

Yes, but no big issues given ->invalidate_page is fully capable of
running set_page_dirty if needed.

> > The window that you must close with that bitflag is the request coming
> > from the remote node to map the page after the linux pte has been
> > cleared. If you map the page in a remote node after the linux pte has
> > been cleared ->invalidate_page won't be called again because the page
> > will look unmapped in the linux VM. Now invalidate_page will clear the
> > bitflag, so the map requests will block. But where exactly you know
> > that the linux pte has been cleared so you can "unblock" the map
> > requests? If a page is not mapped by some linux pte, mm/rmap.c will
> > never be called and this is why any notification in mm/rmap.c should
> > track the "address space" and not the "physical page".
>
> The subsystem needs to establish proper locking for that case.

How? I Your answer was to have the subsystem-fault wait PG_exported to
return ON... when later you told me the subsystem-fault is the thing
supposed to set PG_exported ON again... Perhaps you really could
invent a proper locking to make your #v1 workable somehow but I didn't
see a sign of it yet.

Infact I'm not so sure if all will be race-free with
invalidate_page_after (given you pretend to call it outside the PT
lock so concurrent linux minor faults can happen in parallel of your
invalidate_page_after) but at least it has a better chance to work
without having to invent much new complex locking.

> It also deals f.e. with page dirty status.

I think you should consider if you can also build a rmap per-MM like
KVM does and index it by the virtual address like KVM does.


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