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SubjectRe: [patch 0/6] Guest page hinting version 6.
Zachary Amsden wrote:
> It needn't be that hard on s390, I believe you don't need to worry about
> PTEs becoming asynchronous when stealing a page, since if I understand
> the hypervisor architecture, there is a per-page mapping level
> available, allowing you to generate discard faults on access. It might
> be possible to use this mapping layer without implementing a full blown
> hypervisor. Martin?
>

Yes, I don't expect its a problem for s390, but the point is making
something workalike enough to make sure there's an evenly distributed
number of explosions-in-face when things go wrong.

> For x86, at discard time, you would have to manually walk and invalidate
> any PTEs potentially mapping the discarded page, but there is already
> this great thing called Xen paravirt-ops which actually does that for
> completely different reasons (PT page protection).
>

Not sure I follow. Xen pvops pays attention to whether a particular
page is being used as part of a pagetable, and changes its permissions
accordingly. But because pagetable pages are strictly kernel-only, we
can get away with updating a single kernel-mapping pte which is shared
across all processes. In the guest page hinting case, we need to deal
with general pages which can be mapped anywhere, so that really does
require a full traversal of the pagetables. Presumably rmap would be
helpful here.

J


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