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SubjectRe: TTM page pool allocator
Jerome Glisse wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-07-21 at 20:00 +0200, Jerome Glisse wrote:
>> On Tue, 2009-07-21 at 19:34 +0200, Jerome Glisse wrote:
>>> On Thu, 2009-06-25 at 17:53 +0200, Thomas Hellström wrote:
>>>> 4) We could now skip the ttm_tt_populate() in ttm_tt_set_caching, since
>>>> it will always allocate cached pages and then transition them.
>>> Okay 4) is bad, what happens (my brain is a bit meltdown so i might be
>>> wrong) :
>>> 1 - bo get allocated tt->state = unpopulated
>>> 2 - bo is mapped few page are faulted tt->state = unpopulated
>>> 3 - bo is cache transitioned but tt->state == unpopulated but
>>> they are page which have been touch by the cpu so we need
>>> to clflush them and transition them, this never happen if
>>> we don't call ttm_tt_populate and proceed with the remaining
>>> of the cache transitioning functions
>>> As a workaround i will try to go through the pages tables and
>>> transition existing pages. Do you have any idea for a better
>>> plan ?
>>> Cheers,
>>> Jerome
>> My workaround ruin the whole idea of pool allocation what happens
>> is that most bo get cache transition page per page. My thinking
>> is that we should do the following:
>> - is there is a least one page allocated then fully populate
>> the object and do cache transition on all the pages.
>> - otherwise update caching_state and leaves object unpopulated
>> This needs that we some how reflect the fact that there is at least
>> one page allocated, i am thinking to adding a new state for that :
>> ttm_partialy_populated
>> Thomas what do you think about that ?
>> Cheers,
>> Jerome
> Attached updated patch it doesn't introduce ttm_partialy_populated
> but keep the populate call in cache transition. So far it seems to
> work properly on AGP platform and helps quite a lot with performances.
> I wonder if i should rather allocate some memory to store the pool
> structure in ttm_page_pool_init rather than having quite a lot of
> static variables ? Anyone has thought on that ?

TTM has a device struct per device and an optional global struct that is
common for all devices and intended to be per subsystem.

The only subsystem currently having a global structure is the memory
accounting subsystem:
struct ttm_mem_global

You can either put the global stuff there or create and register a
separate global struct for the page pool.

I'll probably also later add a global structure for the bo subsystem,
since we need a common buffer object memory footprint shrinker for
multiple cards.


> Cheers,
> Jerome

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