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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH v9 12/16] Add mp(mediate passthru) device.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael S. Tsirkin []
>Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:14 PM
>To: Xin, Xiaohui
>Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 12/16] Add mp(mediate passthru) device.
>On Tue, Sep 21, 2010 at 09:39:31AM +0800, Xin, Xiaohui wrote:
>> >From: Michael S. Tsirkin []
>> >Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 7:37 PM
>> >To: Xin, Xiaohui
>> >Cc:;;;
>> >;;;
>> >
>> >Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 12/16] Add mp(mediate passthru) device.
>> >
>> >On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 04:08:48PM +0800, wrote:
>> >> From: Xin Xiaohui <>
>> >>
>> >> ---
>> >> Michael,
>> >> I have move the ioctl to configure the locked memory to vhost
>> >
>> >It's ok to move this to vhost but vhost does not
>> >know how much memory is needed by the backend.
>> I think the backend here you mean is mp device.
>> Actually, the memory needed is related to vq->num to run zero-copy
>> smoothly.
>> That means mp device did not know it but vhost did.
>Well, this might be so if you insist on locking
>all posted buffers immediately. However, let's assume I have a
>very large ring and prepost a ton of RX buffers:
>there's no need to lock all of them directly:
>if we have buffers A and B, we can lock A, pass it
>to hardware, and when A is consumed unlock A, lock B
>and pass it to hardware.
>It's not really critical. But note we can always have userspace
>tell MP device all it wants to know, after all.
Ok. Here are two values we have mentioned, one is how much memory
user application wants to lock, and one is how much memory locked
is needed to run smoothly. When net backend is setup, we first need
an ioctl to get how much memory is needed to lock, and then we call
another ioctl to set how much it want to lock. Is that what's in your mind?

>> And the rlimt stuff is per process, we use current pointer to set
>> and check the rlimit, the operations should be in the same process.
>Well no, the ring is handled from the kernel thread: we switch the mm to
>point to the owner task so copy from/to user and friends work, but you
>can't access the rlimit etc.
Yes, the userspace and vhost kernel is not the same process. But we can
record the task pointer as mm.

>> Now the check operations are in vhost process, as mp_recvmsg() or
>> mp_sendmsg() are called by vhost.
>Hmm, what do you mean by the check operations?
>send/recv are data path operations, they shouldn't
>do any checks, should they?
As you mentioned what infiniband driver done:

locked = npages + current->mm->locked_vm;
lock_limit = rlimit(RLIMIT_MEMLOCK) >> PAGE_SHIFT;

if ((locked > lock_limit) && !capable(CAP_IPC_LOCK)) {
ret = -ENOMEM;
goto out;

cur_base = addr & PAGE_MASK;

ret = 0;
while (npages) {
ret = get_user_pages(current, current->mm, cur_base,
min_t(unsigned long, npages,
PAGE_SIZE / sizeof (struct page *)),
1, !umem->writable, page_list, vma_list);

I think it's a data path too. We do the check because get_user_pages() really pin and locked
the memory.

>> So set operations should be in
>> vhost process too, it's natural.
>> >So I think we'll need another ioctl in the backend
>> >to tell userspace how much memory is needed?
>> >
>> Except vhost tells it to mp device, mp did not know
>> how much memory is needed to run zero-copy smoothly.
>> Is userspace interested about the memory mp is needed?
>Couldn't parse this last question.
>I think userspace generally does want control over
>how much memory we'll lock. We should not just lock
>as much as we can.

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