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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/2] mm/gup: introduce vaddr_pin_pages_remote()
On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 05:56:31PM -0700, John Hubbard wrote:
> On 8/13/19 5:51 PM, John Hubbard wrote:
> > On 8/13/19 2:08 PM, Ira Weiny wrote:
> >> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 05:07:32PM -0700, John Hubbard wrote:
> >>> On 8/12/19 4:49 PM, Ira Weiny wrote:
> >>>> On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 06:50:44PM -0700, john.hubbard@gmail.com wrote:
> >>>>> From: John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>
> >>> ...
> >> Finally, I struggle with converting everyone to a new call. It is more
> >> overhead to use vaddr_pin in the call above because now the GUP code is going
> >> to associate a file pin object with that file when in ODP we don't need that
> >> because the pages can move around.
> >
> > What if the pages in ODP are file-backed?
> >
>
> oops, strike that, you're right: in that case, even the file system case is covered.
> Don't mind me. :)

Ok so are we agreed we will drop the patch to the ODP code? I'm going to keep
the FOLL_PIN flag and addition in the vaddr_pin_pages.

Ira

>
> >>
> >> This overhead may be fine, not sure in this case, but I don't see everyone
> >> wanting it.
>
> So now I see why you said that, but I will note that ODP hardware is rare,
> and will likely remain rare: replayable page faults require really special
> hardware, and after all this time, we still only have CPUs, GPUs, and the
> Mellanox cards that do it.
>
> That leaves a lot of other hardware to take care of.
>
> thanks,
> --
> John Hubbard
> NVIDIA
>

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