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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/8] Copy Offload with Peer-to-Peer PCI Memory
On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 3:56 PM, Logan Gunthorpe <> wrote:
> On 18/04/17 04:50 PM, Dan Williams wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 3:48 PM, Logan Gunthorpe <> wrote:
>>> On 18/04/17 04:28 PM, Dan Williams wrote:
>>>> Unlike the pci bus address offset case which I think is fundamental to
>>>> support since shipping archs do this today, I think it is ok to say
>>>> p2p is restricted to a single sgl that gets to talk to host memory or
>>>> a single device. That said, what's wrong with a p2p aware map_sg
>>>> implementation calling up to the host memory map_sg implementation on
>>>> a per sgl basis?
>>> I think Ben said they need mixed sgls and that is where this gets messy.
>>> I think I'd prefer this too given trying to enforce all sgs in a list to
>>> be one type or another could be quite difficult given the state of the
>>> scatterlist code.
>>>>> Also, what happens if p2p pages end up getting passed to a device that
>>>>> doesn't have the injected dma_ops?
>>>> This goes back to limiting p2p to a single pci host bridge. If the p2p
>>>> capability is coordinated with the bridge rather than between the
>>>> individual devices then we have a central point to catch this case.
>>> Not really relevant. If these pages get to userspace (as people seem
>>> keen on doing) or a less than careful kernel driver they could easily
>>> get into the dma_map calls of devices that aren't even pci related (via
>>> an O_DIRECT operation on an incorrect file or something). The common
>>> code must reject these and can't rely on an injected dma op.
>> No, we can't do that at get_user_pages() time, it will always need to
>> be up to the device driver to fail dma that it can't perform.
> I'm not sure I follow -- are you agreeing with me? The dma_map_* needs
> to fail for any dma it cannot perform. Which means either all dma_ops
> providers need to be p2p aware or this logic has to be in dma_map_*
> itself. My point being: you can't rely on an injected dma_op for some
> devices to handle the fail case globally.

Ah, I see what you're saying now. Yes, we do need something that
guarantees any dma mapping implementation that gets a struct page that
it does now know how to translate properly fails the request.

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