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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] mm: Introduce mm_struct.has_pinned
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On 9/21/20 2:17 PM, Peter Xu wrote:
> (Commit message collected from Jason Gunthorpe)
>
> Reduce the chance of false positive from page_maybe_dma_pinned() by keeping

Not yet, it doesn't. :) More:

> track if the mm_struct has ever been used with pin_user_pages(). mm_structs
> that have never been passed to pin_user_pages() cannot have a positive
> page_maybe_dma_pinned() by definition. This allows cases that might drive up
> the page ref_count to avoid any penalty from handling dma_pinned pages.
>
> Due to complexities with unpining this trivial version is a permanent sticky
> bit, future work will be needed to make this a counter.

How about this instead:

Subsequent patches intend to reduce the chance of false positives from
page_maybe_dma_pinned(), by also considering whether or not a page has
even been part of an mm struct that has ever had pin_user_pages*()
applied to any of its pages.

In order to allow that, provide a boolean value (even though it's not
implemented exactly as a boolean type) within the mm struct, that is
simply set once and never cleared. This will suffice for an early, rough
implementation that fixes a few problems.

Future work is planned, to provide a more sophisticated solution, likely
involving a counter, and *not* involving something that is set and never
cleared.

>
> Suggested-by: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca>
> Signed-off-by: Peter Xu <peterx@redhat.com>
> ---
> include/linux/mm_types.h | 10 ++++++++++
> kernel/fork.c | 1 +
> mm/gup.c | 6 ++++++
> 3 files changed, 17 insertions(+)
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/mm_types.h b/include/linux/mm_types.h
> index 496c3ff97cce..6f291f8b74c6 100644
> --- a/include/linux/mm_types.h
> +++ b/include/linux/mm_types.h
> @@ -441,6 +441,16 @@ struct mm_struct {
> #endif
> int map_count; /* number of VMAs */
>
> + /**
> + * @has_pinned: Whether this mm has pinned any pages. This can
> + * be either replaced in the future by @pinned_vm when it
> + * becomes stable, or grow into a counter on its own. We're
> + * aggresive on this bit now - even if the pinned pages were
> + * unpinned later on, we'll still keep this bit set for the
> + * lifecycle of this mm just for simplicity.
> + */
> + int has_pinned;

I think this would be elegant as an atomic_t, and using atomic_set() and
atomic_read(), which seem even more self-documenting that what you have here.

But it's admittedly a cosmetic point, combined with my perennial fear that
I'm missing something when I look at a READ_ONCE()/WRITE_ONCE() pair. :)

It's completely OK to just ignore this comment, but I didn't want to completely
miss the opportunity to make it a tiny bit cleaner to the reader.

thanks,
--
John Hubbard
NVIDIA

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