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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/6] xen: don't call vmalloc_sync_all() when mapping foreign pages
On Thu, 15 Sep 2011, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> On 09/15/2011 05:40 AM, David Vrabel wrote:
> > This set of pages avoids the need to call vmalloc_sync_all() when
> > mapping foreign pages. Two new functions are adding for mapping
> > foreign pages onto RAM pages instead of vmalloc space.
> >
> > This does waste a page of RAM for each mapped page. In the future a
> > ballooned page could be used instead (once the API for getting a
> > ballooned page with the right GFP flags is available).
> You can allocate a pfn, free ("balloon out") the underlying mfn, and
> replace it with a granted page; it doesn't need any particular new
> infrastructure.

David, give a look at drivers/xen/balloon.c:alloc_xenballooned_pages, in
particular after my changes to it:

it allows the caller to allocate a lowmem page and balloon it out right

> But that said, if you want to allocate virtual addresses for mapping
> granted pages, then alloc_vm_area() is the right thing to use. You need
> to make sure you touch the pages from within the kernel before passing
> those addresses to a hypercall to make sure the mappings are established
> within the current task (possibly within a no-preempt region to
> guarantee that nothing odd happens). Or alternatively, you could switch
> the current pagetable to init_mm for the hypercall (if it isn't already)
> - since that's the reference pagetable - assuming you're not passing
> usermode virtual addresses to the hypercall.

This problem is not very different from the one we are trying to solve
with alloc_xenballooned_pages: in case we want a page that is mapped in
kernel space we just use allocate a lowmem page, balloon it out, change
the p2m and add the page to the m2p_override.
Why should we solve that issue differently?

> This series is relying on regular ram mappings are already synced to all
> tasks, but I'm not sure that's necessarily guaranteed (for example, if
> you hotplug new memory into the domain, the new pages won't be mapped
> into every mm unless they're synced).

the series is using GFP_KERNEL, so this problem shouldn't occur, right?

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