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SubjectRe: [PATCH v30 08/20] x86/sgx: Add functions to allocate and free EPC pages
On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 12:59:17PM -0700, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 10:07:18PM +0300, Jarkko Sakkinen wrote:
> > On Thu, May 28, 2020 at 07:16:35PM +0200, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > > Lemme reply to all mails with one. :-)
> > > And except those last two. Those are allocating a page from the EPC
> > > sections so I'd call them:
> > >
> > > sgx_try_alloc_page -> sgx_alloc_epc_page_section
> > > __sgx_try_alloc_page -> __sgx_alloc_epc_page_section
> > >
> > > former doing the loop, latter doing the per-section list games.
> >
> > sgx_alloc_epc_page_section() is a bit nasty and long name to use for
> > grabbing a page. And even the documentation spoke about grabbing before
> > this naming discussion. I think it is a great description what is going
> > on. Everytime I talk about the subject I talk about grabbing.
> > Lets just say that your suggestion, I could not use in a conference
> > talk as a verb when I describe what is going on. That function
> > signature does not fit to my mouth :-) I would talk about
> > grabbing a page.
>
> "allocate an EPC page from the specified section"
>
> It also works if/when we add NUMA awareness, e.g. sgx_alloc_epc_page_node()
> means "allocate an EPC page from the specified node". Note that I'm not
> inventing these from scratch, simply stealing them from alloc_pages() and
> alloc_pages_node(). The section thing is unique to SGX, but the underlying
> concept is the same.

Then it should be sgx_alloc_epc_page_from_section() if you go with that.
Otherwise it is mixes too much with the section. I did read these mails
first quickly and first thought that functions were doing something with
sgx_epc_section and not with pages.

Only with a deeper look that it's the name for allocating a page.

I think both names are waste of screen estate. Too long.

> > * sgx_grab_page() - Grab a free EPC page
> > * @owner: the owner of the EPC page
> > * @reclaim: reclaim pages if necessary
> > *
> > * Iterate through EPC sections and borrow a free EPC page to the caller. When a
> > * page is no longer needed it must be released with sgx_free_page(). If
> > * @reclaim is set to true, directly reclaim pages when we are out of pages. No
> > * mm's can be locked when @reclaim is set to true.
> > *
> > * Finally, wake up ksgxswapd when the number of pages goes below the watermark
> > * before returning back to the caller.
> > *
> > * Return:
> > * an EPC page,
> > * -errno on error
> > */
> >
> > I also rewrote the kdoc.
> >
> > I do agree that sgx_try_grab_page() should be renamed as __sgx_grab_page().
>
> FWIW, I really, really dislike "grab". The nomenclature for normal memory
> and pages uses "alloc" when taking a page off a free list, and "grab" when
> elevating the refcount. I don't understand the motivation for diverging
> from that. SGX is weird enough as is, using names that don't align with
> exist norms will only serve to further obfuscate the code.

OK, what would be a better name then? The semantics are not standard
memory allocation semantics in the first place. And kdoc in v30 speaks
about grabbing.

/Jarkko

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