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SubjectRe: [RFC-PATCH 2/4] mm: Add __rcu_alloc_page_lockless() func.
On Tue 29-09-20 18:25:14, Uladzislau Rezki wrote:
> > > I look at it in scope of GFP_ATOMIC/GFP_NOWAIT issues, i.e. inability
> > > to provide a memory service for contexts which are not allowed to
> > > sleep, RCU is part of them. Both flags used to provide such ability
> > > before but not anymore.
> > >
> > > Do you agree with it?
> >
> > Yes this sucks. But this is something that we likely really want to live
> > with. We have to explicitly _document_ that really atomic contexts in RT
> > cannot use the allocator. From the past discussions we've had this is
> > likely the most reasonable way forward because we do not really want to
> > encourage anybody to do something like that and there should be ways
> > around that. The same is btw. true also for !RT. The allocator is not
> > NMI safe and while we should be able to make it compatible I am not
> > convinced we really want to.
> >
> > Would something like this be helpful wrt documentation?
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/gfp.h b/include/linux/gfp.h
> > index 67a0774e080b..9fcd47606493 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/gfp.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/gfp.h
> > @@ -238,7 +238,9 @@ struct vm_area_struct;
> > * %__GFP_FOO flags as necessary.
> > *
> > * %GFP_ATOMIC users can not sleep and need the allocation to succeed. A lower
> > - * watermark is applied to allow access to "atomic reserves"
> > + * watermark is applied to allow access to "atomic reserves".
> > + * The current implementation doesn't support NMI and other non-preemptive context
> > + * (e.g. raw_spin_lock).
> > *
> > * %GFP_KERNEL is typical for kernel-internal allocations. The caller requires
> > * %ZONE_NORMAL or a lower zone for direct access but can direct reclaim.
> >
> To me it is clear. But also above conflicting statement:
>
> <snip>
> %GFP_ATOMIC users can not sleep and need the allocation to succeed. A %lower
> <snip>
>
> should be rephrased, IMHO.

Any suggestions? Or more specifics about which part is conflicting? It
tries to say that there is a higher demand to succeed even though the
context cannot sleep to take active measures to achieve that. So the
only way to achieve that is to break the watermakrs to a certain degree
which is making them more "higher class" than other allocations.

--
Michal Hocko
SUSE Labs

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