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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/3] mmu_notifier contextual information
On Fri 23-03-18 19:34:04, Christian König wrote:
> Am 23.03.2018 um 18:17 schrieb jglisse@redhat.com:
> > From: Jérôme Glisse <jglisse@redhat.com>
> >
> > This patchset are the improvements to mmu_notifier i wish to discuss
> > at next LSF/MM. I am sending now to give time to people to look at
> > them and think about them.
> >
> > git://people.freedesktop.org/~glisse/linux mmu-notifier-rfc
> > https://cgit.freedesktop.org/~glisse/linux/log/?h=mmu-notifier-rfc
> >
> > First patch just use a struct for invalidate_range_start/end arguments
> > this make the other 2 patches easier and smaller.
> >
> > The idea is to provide more information to mmu_notifier listener on
> > the context of each invalidation. When a range is invalidated this
> > can be for various reasons (munmap, protection change, OOM, ...). If
> > listener can distinguish between those it can take better action.
> >
> > For instance if device driver allocate structure to track a range of
> > virtual address prior to this patch it always have to assume that it
> > has to free those on each mmu_notifieir callback (having to assume it
> > is a munmap) and reallocate those latter when the device try to do
> > something with that range again.
> >
> > OOM is also an interesting case, recently a patchset was added to
> > avoid OOM on a mm if a blocking mmu_notifier listener have been
> > registered [1]. This can be improve by adding a new OOM event type and
> > having listener take special path on those. All mmu_notifier i know
> > can easily have a special path for OOM that do not block (beside
> > taking a short lived, across driver, spinlock). If mmu_notifier usage
> > grows (from a point of view of more process using devices that rely on
> > them) then we should also make sure OOM can do its bidding.
>
> +1 for better handling that.
>
> The fact that the OOM killer now avoids processes which might sleep during
> their MM destruction gave me a few sleepless night recently.

I have tried to clarify this [1] but could you be more specific about
the issue you were seeing?

[1] http://lkml.kernel.org/r/20180326081356.GA5652@dhcp22.suse.cz
--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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