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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/9] Add support for SVM atomics in Nouveau
On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 11:57:28PM +1100, Alistair Popple wrote:
> On Tuesday, 9 February 2021 9:27:05 PM AEDT Daniel Vetter wrote:
> > >
> > > Recent changes to pin_user_pages() prevent the creation of pinned pages in
> > > ZONE_MOVABLE. This series allows pinned pages to be created in
> > > as attempts to migrate may fail which would be fatal to userspace.
> > >
> > > In this case migration of the pinned page is unnecessary as the page can
> be
> > > unpinned at anytime by having the driver revoke atomic permission as it
> > > does for the migrate_to_ram() callback. However a method of calling this
> > > when memory needs to be moved has yet to be resolved so any discussion is
> > > welcome.
> >
> > Why do we need to pin for gpu atomics? You still have the callback for
> > cpu faults, so you
> > can move the page as needed, and hence a long-term pin sounds like the
> > wrong approach.
> Technically a real long term unmoveable pin isn't required, because as you say
> the page can be moved as needed at any time. However I needed some way of
> stopping the CPU page from being freed once the userspace mappings for it had
> been removed.

The issue is you took the page out of the PTE it belongs to, which
makes it orphaned and unlocatable by the rest of the mm?

Ideally this would leave the PTE in place so everything continues to
work, just disable CPU access to it.

Maybe some kind of special swap entry?

I also don't much like the use of ZONE_DEVICE here, that should only
be used for actual device memory, not as a temporary proxy for CPU
pages.. Having two struct pages refer to the same physical memory is
pretty ugly.

> The normal solution of registering an MMU notifier to unpin the page when it
> needs to be moved also doesn't work as the CPU page tables now point to the
> device-private page and hence the migration code won't call any invalidate
> notifiers for the CPU page.

The fact the page is lost from the MM seems to be the main issue here.

> Yes, I would like to avoid the long term pin constraints as well if possible I
> just haven't found a solution yet. Are you suggesting it might be possible to
> add a callback in the page migration logic to specially deal with moving these
> pages?

How would migration even find the page?


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