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SubjectRe: [PATCH v12 00/31] Speculative page faults
On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 08:01:20PM +0200, Laurent Dufour wrote:
> Le 22/04/2019 à 23:29, Michel Lespinasse a écrit :
> > Hi Laurent,
> >
> > Thanks a lot for copying me on this patchset. It took me a few days to
> > go through it - I had not been following the previous iterations of
> > this series so I had to catch up. I will be sending comments for
> > individual commits, but before tat I would like to discuss the series
> > as a whole.
> Hi Michel,
> Thanks for reviewing this series.
> > I think these changes are a big step in the right direction. My main
> > reservation about them is that they are additive - adding some complexity
> > for speculative page faults - and I wonder if it'd be possible, over the
> > long term, to replace the existing complexity we have in mmap_sem retry
> > mechanisms instead of adding to it. This is not something that should
> > block your progress, but I think it would be good, as we introduce spf,
> > to evaluate whether we could eventually get all the way to removing the
> > mmap_sem retry mechanism, or if we will actually have to keep both.
> Until we get rid of the mmap_sem which seems to be a very long story, I
> can't see how we could get rid of the retry mechanism.

Short answer: I'd like spf to be extended to handle file vmas,
populating page tables, and the vm_normal_page thing, so that we
wouldn't have to fall back to the path that grabs (and possibly
has to drop) the read side mmap_sem.

Even doing the above, there are still cases spf can't solve - for
example, gup, or the occasional spf abort, or even the case of a large
mmap/munmap delaying a smaller one. I think replacing mmap_sem with a
reader/writer interval lock would be a very nice generic solution to
this problem, allowing false conflicts to proceed in parallel, while
synchronizing true conflicts which is exactly what we want. But I
don't think such a lock can be implemented efficiently enough to be
put on the page fault fast-path, so I think spf could be the solution
there - it would allow us to skip taking that interval lock on most
page faults. The other places where we use mmap_sem are not as critical
for performance (they normally operate on a larger region at a time)
so I think we could afford the interval lock in those places.

Michel "Walken" Lespinasse
A program is never fully debugged until the last user dies.

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