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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v9 12/16] Add mp(mediate passthru) device.
On Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 07:41:36PM +0800, Xin, Xiaohui wrote:
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: Michael S. Tsirkin [mailto:mst@redhat.com]
> >Sent: Tuesday, September 21, 2010 9:14 PM
> >To: Xin, Xiaohui
> >Cc: netdev@vger.kernel.org; kvm@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
> >mingo@elte.hu; davem@davemloft.net; herbert@gondor.hengli.com.au;
> >jdike@linux.intel.com
> >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 [mailto:mst@redhat.com]
> >> >Sent: Monday, September 20, 2010 7:37 PM
> >> >To: Xin, Xiaohui
> >> >Cc: netdev@vger.kernel.org; kvm@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
> >> >mingo@elte.hu; davem@davemloft.net; herbert@gondor.hengli.com.au;
> >> >jdike@linux.intel.com
> >> >Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 12/16] Add mp(mediate passthru) device.
> >> >
> >> >On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 04:08:48PM +0800, xiaohui.xin@intel.com wrote:
> >> >> From: Xin Xiaohui <xiaohui.xin@intel.com>
> >> >>
> >> >> ---
> >> >> 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?

That's fine.

> >> 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.

So you will have to store mm and do device->mm, not current->mm.
Anyway, better not touch mm on data path.

> >> 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:
> down_write(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
>
> 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.

in infiniband this is used to 'register memory' which is not data path.

> We do the check because get_user_pages() really pin and locked
> the memory.

Don't do this. Performance will be bad.
Do the check once in ioctl and increment locked_vm by max amount you will use.
On data path just make sure you do not exceed what userspace told you
to.

>
> >> 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.
> >
> >--
> >MST


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