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SubjectRe: [PATCH -v3] sched, numa: Use {cpu, pid} to create task groups for shared faults
On Fri, Aug 02, 2013 at 06:47:15PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> Subject: sched, numa: Use {cpu, pid} to create task groups for shared faults
> From: Peter Zijlstra <>
> Date: Tue Jul 30 10:40:20 CEST 2013
> A very simple/straight forward shared fault task grouping
> implementation.
> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <>

So Rik and me found a possible issue with this -- although in the end it
turned out to be a userspace 'feature' instead.

It might be possible for a COW page to be 'shared' and thus get a
last_cpupid set from another process. When we break cow and reuse the
now private and writable page might still have this last_cpupid and thus
cause a shared fault and form grouping.

Something like the below resets the last_cpupid field on reuse much like
fresh COW copies will have.

There might be something that avoids the above scenario but I'm too
tired to come up with anything.


--- a/mm/memory.c
+++ b/mm/memory.c
@@ -2730,6 +2730,9 @@ static int do_wp_page(struct mm_struct *

+ if (old_page)
+ page_cpupid_xchg_last(old_page, (1 << LAST_CPUPID_SHIFT) - 1);
flush_cache_page(vma, address, pte_pfn(orig_pte));
entry = pte_mkyoung(orig_pte);
entry = maybe_mkwrite(pte_mkdirty(entry), vma);

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