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From: Kris Van Hees <kris.van.hees@oracle.com>
To: Alexei Starovoitov <alexei.starovoitov@gmail.com>
Cc: Kris Van Hees <kris.van.hees@oracle.com>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	netdev@vger.kernel.org, bpf@vger.kernel.org,
	dtrace-devel@oss.oracle.com, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	rostedt@goodmis.org, mhiramat@kernel.org, acme@kernel.org,
	ast@kernel.org, daniel@iogearbox.net
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 00/11] bpf, trace, dtrace: DTrace BPF program type implementation and sample use
Date: Thu, 23 May 2019 01:19:16 -0400
Message-ID: <20190523051916.GQ2422@oracle.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190522195526.mayamzc7gstqzcpr@ast-mbp.dhcp.thefacebook.com>

On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 12:55:27PM -0700, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
> On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 02:22:15PM -0400, Kris Van Hees wrote:
> > On Wed, May 22, 2019 at 04:25:32PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 10:56:18AM -0700, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
> > > 
> > > > and no changes are necessary in kernel/events/ring_buffer.c either.
> > > 
> > > Let me just NAK them on the principle that I don't see them in my inbox.
> > 
> > My apologies for failing to include you on the Cc for the patches.  That was
> > an oversight on my end and certainly not intentional.
> > 
> > > Let me further NAK it for adding all sorts of garbage to the code --
> > > we're not going to do gaps and stay_in_page nonsense.
> > 
> > Could you give some guidance in terms of an alternative?  The ring buffer code
> > provides both non-contiguous page allocation support and a vmalloc-based
> > allocation, and the vmalloc version certainly would avoid the entire gap and
> > page boundary stuff.  But since the allocator is chosen at build time based on
> > the arch capabilities, there is no way to select a specific memory allocator.
> > I'd be happy to use an alternative approach that allows direct writing into
> > the ring buffer.
> 
> You do not _need_ direct write from bpf prog.
> dtrace language doesn't mandate direct write.
> 'direct write into ring buffer form bpf prog' is an interesting idea and
> may be nice performance optimization, but in no way it's a blocker for dtrace scripts.
> Also it's far from clear that it actually brings performance benefits.
> Letting bpf progs write directly into ring buffer comes with
> a lot of corner cases. It's something to carefully analyze.

I agree that doing direct writes is something that can be deferred right now,
especially because there are more fundamental things to focus on.  Thank you
for your acknowledgement of the idea, and I certainly look forward to exploring
this further at a later time,

> I suggest to proceed with user space dtrace conversion to bpf
> without introducing kernel changes.

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Thread overview: 54+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-05-20 23:47 Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 17:56 ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-21 18:41   ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:55     ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-21 21:36       ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-21 21:43         ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-21 21:48           ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-22  5:23             ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-22 20:53               ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-23  5:46                 ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-23 21:13                   ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-23 23:02                     ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-24  0:31                       ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-24  1:57                         ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-24  2:08                           ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-24  2:40                             ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-24  5:26                             ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-24  5:10                       ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-24  4:05                     ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-24 13:28                       ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-21 21:36       ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 23:26         ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-22  4:12           ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-22 20:16             ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-23  5:16               ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-23 20:28                 ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-30 16:15                   ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-31 15:25                     ` Chris Mason
2019-06-06 20:58                       ` Kris Van Hees
2019-06-18  1:25                   ` Kris Van Hees
2019-06-18  1:32                     ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-06-18  1:54                       ` Kris Van Hees
2019-06-18  3:01                         ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-06-18  3:19                           ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-22 14:25   ` Peter Zijlstra
2019-05-22 18:22     ` Kris Van Hees
2019-05-22 19:55       ` Alexei Starovoitov
2019-05-22 20:20         ` David Miller
2019-05-23  5:19         ` Kris Van Hees [this message]
2019-05-24  7:27       ` Peter Zijlstra
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 01/11] bpf: context casting for tail call Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 02/11] bpf: add BPF_PROG_TYPE_DTRACE Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 03/11] bpf: export proto for bpf_perf_event_output helper Kris Van Hees
     [not found] ` <facilities>
2019-05-21 20:39   ` [RFC PATCH 04/11] trace: initial implementation of DTrace based on kernel Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 05/11] trace: update Kconfig and Makefile to include DTrace Kris Van Hees
     [not found] ` <features>
2019-05-21 20:39   ` [RFC PATCH 06/11] dtrace: tiny userspace tool to exercise DTrace support Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 07/11] bpf: implement writable buffers in contexts Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:39 ` [RFC PATCH 08/11] perf: add perf_output_begin_forward_in_page Kris Van Hees
     [not found] ` <the>
     [not found]   ` <context>
2019-05-21 20:39     ` [RFC PATCH 09/11] bpf: mark helpers explicitly whether they may change Kris Van Hees
     [not found] ` <helpers>
2019-05-21 20:39   ` [RFC PATCH 10/11] bpf: add bpf_buffer_reserve and bpf_buffer_commit Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:40 ` [RFC PATCH 11/11] dtrace: make use of writable buffers in BPF Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:48 ` [RFC PATCH 00/11] bpf, trace, dtrace: DTrace BPF program type implementation and sample use Kris Van Hees
2019-05-21 20:54   ` Steven Rostedt
2019-05-21 20:56   ` Alexei Starovoitov

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