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SubjectRe: [PATCH v11 00/25] mm/gup: track dma-pinned pages: FOLL_PIN
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On 12/20/19 1:21 AM, Jan Kara wrote:
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>> So, ideas and next steps:
>>
>> 1. Assuming that you *are* hitting this, I think I may have to fall back to
>> implementing the "deferred" part of this design, as part of this series, after
>> all. That means:
>>
>> For the pin/unpin calls at least, stop treating all pages as if they are
>> a cluster of PAGE_SIZE pages; instead, retrieve a huge page as one page.
>> That's not how it works now, and the need to hand back a huge array of
>> subpages is part of the problem. This affects the callers too, so it's not
>> a super quick change to make. (I was really hoping not to have to do this
>> yet.)
>
> Does that mean that you would need to make all GUP users huge page aware?
> Otherwise I don't see how what you suggest would work... And I don't think
> making all GUP users huge page aware is realistic (effort-wise) or even
> wanted (maintenance overhead in all those places).
>

Well, pretty much yes. It's really just the pin_user_pages*() callers, but
the internals, follow_page() and such, are so interconnected right now that
it would probably blow up into a huge effort, as you point out.

> I believe there might be also a different solution for this: For
> transparent huge pages, we could find a space in 'struct page' of the
> second page in the huge page for proper pin counter and just account pins
> there so we'd have full width of 32-bits for it.
>
> Honza
>

OK, let me pursue that. Given that I shouldn't need to handle pages
splitting, it should be not *too* bad.

I am starting to think that I should just post the first 9 or so
prerequisite patches (first 9 patches, plus the v4l2 fix that arguably should
have been earlier in the sequence I guess), as 5.6 candidates, while I go
back to the drawing board here.

thanks,
--
John Hubbard
NVIDIA

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