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SubjectRe: [v1 2/2] device-dax: "Hotremove" persistent memory that is used like normal RAM
On Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 3:04 PM Pavel Tatashin
<pasha.tatashin@soleen.com> wrote:
>
> On Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 5:02 PM Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Sat, Apr 20, 2019 at 10:02 AM Pavel Tatashin
> > <pasha.tatashin@soleen.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > > Thank you for looking at this. Are you saying, that if drv.remove()
> > > > > returns a failure it is simply ignored, and unbind proceeds?
> > > >
> > > > Yeah, that's the problem. I've looked at making unbind able to fail,
> > > > but that can lead to general bad behavior in device-drivers. I.e. why
> > > > spend time unwinding allocated resources when the driver can simply
> > > > fail unbind? About the best a driver can do is make unbind wait on
> > > > some event, but any return results in device-unbind.
> > >
> > > Hm, just tested, and it is indeed so.
> > >
> > > I see the following options:
> > >
> > > 1. Move hot remove code to some other interface, that can fail. Not
> > > sure what that would be, but outside of unbind/remove_id. Any
> > > suggestion?
> > > 2. Option two is don't attept to offline memory in unbind. Do
> > > hot-remove memory in unbind if every section is already offlined.
> > > Basically, do a walk through memblocks, and if every section is
> > > offlined, also do the cleanup.
> >
> > I think something like option-2 could work just as long as the user is
> > ok with failure and prepared to handle it. It's already the case that
> > the request_region() in kmem permanently prevents the memory range
> > from being reused by any other driver. So if the hot-unplug fails it
> > could skip the corresponding release_region() and effectively it's the
> > same as what we have now in terms of reuse protection. In your flow if
> > the memory remove failed then the conversion attempt from devdax to
> > raw mode would also fail and presumably you could fall back to doing a
> > full reboot / rebuild of the application state?
>
> With option two, where we will simply check that every memory_block is
> offlined, we will have deterministic behavior:
>
> 1. If user did not offline every dax memory section beforehand via
> echo offline > /sys/devices/system/memory/memoryN/state
>
> echo dax0.0 > /sys/bus/dax/drivers/kmem/unbind
> Will be the same as now, will simply return, and user won't be able to
> use dax afterwords or hotremove it.
>
> 2. If user did offline ever dax memory section beforehand
> echo dax0.0 > /sys/bus/dax/drivers/kmem/unbind
> Will be guaranteed to succeed to hotremove the memory, as there is
> nothing that can fail.
>
> So, if user wants to hotremove dax memory, he/she must ensure that
> every section is offlined before unbinding.

Sounds reasonable to me.

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