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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 4/8] x86, efi: Reserve UEFI 2.8 Specific Purpose Memory for dax
On Fri, May 31, 2019 at 1:30 AM Ard Biesheuvel
<ard.biesheuvel@linaro.org> wrote:
>
> (cc Mike for memblock)
>
> On Fri, 31 May 2019 at 01:13, Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > UEFI 2.8 defines an EFI_MEMORY_SP attribute bit to augment the
> > interpretation of the EFI Memory Types as "reserved for a special
> > purpose".
> >
> > The proposed Linux behavior for specific purpose memory is that it is
> > reserved for direct-access (device-dax) by default and not available for
> > any kernel usage, not even as an OOM fallback. Later, through udev
> > scripts or another init mechanism, these device-dax claimed ranges can
> > be reconfigured and hot-added to the available System-RAM with a unique
> > node identifier.
> >
> > This patch introduces 3 new concepts at once given the entanglement
> > between early boot enumeration relative to memory that can optionally be
> > reserved from the kernel page allocator by default. The new concepts
> > are:
> >
> > - E820_TYPE_SPECIFIC: Upon detecting the EFI_MEMORY_SP attribute on
> > EFI_CONVENTIONAL memory, update the E820 map with this new type. Only
> > perform this classification if the CONFIG_EFI_SPECIFIC_DAX=y policy is
> > enabled, otherwise treat it as typical ram.
> >
>
> OK, so now we have 'special purpose', 'specific' and 'app specific'
> [below]. Do they all mean the same thing?

I struggled with separating the raw-EFI-type name from the name of the
Linux specific policy. Since the reservation behavior is optional I
was thinking there should be a distinct Linux kernel name for that
policy. I did try to go back and change all occurrences of "special"
to "specific" from the RFC to this v2, but seems I missed one.

>
> > - IORES_DESC_APPLICATION_RESERVED: Add a new I/O resource descriptor for
> > a device driver to search iomem resources for application specific
> > memory. Teach the iomem code to identify such ranges as "Application
> > Reserved".
> >
> > - MEMBLOCK_APP_SPECIFIC: Given the memory ranges can fallback to the
> > traditional System RAM pool the expectation is that they will have
> > typical SRAT entries. In order to support a policy of device-dax by
> > default with the option to hotplug later, the numa initialization code
> > is taught to avoid marking online MEMBLOCK_APP_SPECIFIC regions.
> >
>
> Can we move the generic memblock changes into a separate patch please?

Yeah, that can move to a lead-in patch.

[..]
> > diff --git a/include/linux/efi.h b/include/linux/efi.h
> > index 91368f5ce114..b57b123cbdf9 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/efi.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/efi.h
> > @@ -129,6 +129,19 @@ typedef struct {
> > u64 attribute;
> > } efi_memory_desc_t;
> >
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_EFI_SPECIFIC_DAX
> > +static inline bool is_efi_dax(efi_memory_desc_t *md)
> > +{
> > + return md->type == EFI_CONVENTIONAL_MEMORY
> > + && (md->attribute & EFI_MEMORY_SP);
> > +}
> > +#else
> > +static inline bool is_efi_dax(efi_memory_desc_t *md)
> > +{
> > + return false;
> > +}
> > +#endif
> > +
> > typedef struct {
> > efi_guid_t guid;
> > u32 headersize;
>
> I'd prefer it if we could avoid this DAX policy distinction leaking
> into the EFI layer.
>
> IOW, I am fine with having a 'is_efi_sp_memory()' helper here, but
> whether that is DAX memory or not should be decided in the DAX layer.

Ok, how about is_efi_sp_ram()? Since EFI_MEMORY_SP might be applied to
things that aren't EFI_CONVENTIONAL_MEMORY.

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