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From: Steven Sistare <steven.sistare@oracle.com>
To: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-fsdevel@vger.kernel.org,
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Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 0/5] madvise MADV_DOEXEC
Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 15:41:37 -0400
Message-ID: <389f79f9-f1a5-963e-dd05-4d0aaabb5346@oracle.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <1595869887-23307-1-git-send-email-anthony.yznaga@oracle.com>

On 7/27/2020 1:11 PM, Anthony Yznaga wrote:
> This patchset adds support for preserving an anonymous memory range across
> exec(3) using a new madvise MADV_DOEXEC argument.  The primary benefit for
> sharing memory in this manner, as opposed to re-attaching to a named shared
> memory segment, is to ensure it is mapped at the same virtual address in
> the new process as it was in the old one.  An intended use for this is to
> preserve guest memory for guests using vfio while qemu exec's an updated
> version of itself.  By ensuring the memory is preserved at a fixed address,
> vfio mappings and their associated kernel data structures can remain valid.
> In addition, for the qemu use case, qemu instances that back guest RAM with
> anonymous memory can be updated.

I forgot to mention, our use case is not just theoretical.  It has been implemented
and is pretty cool (but I am biased).  The pause time for the guest is in the
100 - 200 msec range.  We submitted qemu patches for review based on the MADV_DOEXEC
proposal.  In case you are curious:
  https://lore.kernel.org/qemu-devel/1596122076-341293-1-git-send-email-steven.sistare@oracle.com/

- Steve



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Thread overview: 44+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-07-27 17:11 Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-27 17:07 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-07-27 18:00   ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-28 13:40     ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-27 17:11 ` [RFC PATCH 1/5] elf: reintroduce using MAP_FIXED_NOREPLACE for elf executable mappings Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-27 17:11 ` [RFC PATCH 2/5] mm: do not assume only the stack vma exists in setup_arg_pages() Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-27 17:11 ` [RFC PATCH 3/5] mm: introduce VM_EXEC_KEEP Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-28 13:38   ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-07-28 17:44     ` Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-29 13:52   ` Kirill A. Shutemov
2020-07-29 23:20     ` Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-27 17:11 ` [RFC PATCH 4/5] exec, elf: require opt-in for accepting preserved mem Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-27 17:11 ` [RFC PATCH 5/5] mm: introduce MADV_DOEXEC Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-28 13:22   ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-28 14:06     ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-28 11:34 ` [RFC PATCH 0/5] madvise MADV_DOEXEC Kirill Tkhai
2020-07-28 17:28   ` Anthony Yznaga
2020-07-28 14:23 ` Andy Lutomirski
2020-07-28 14:30   ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-30 15:22 ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 15:27   ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-30 15:34     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 15:54       ` Christian Brauner
2020-07-31  9:12     ` Stefan Hajnoczi
2020-07-30 15:59   ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-30 17:12     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 17:35       ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-30 17:49         ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-30 18:27           ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-30 21:58             ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-07-31 14:57               ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-31 15:27                 ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-07-31 16:11                   ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-31 16:56                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-07-31 17:15                       ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-31 17:48                         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-07-31 17:55                           ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-31 17:23                     ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-08-03 15:28                 ` Eric W. Biederman
2020-08-03 15:42                   ` James Bottomley
2020-08-03 20:03                     ` Steven Sistare
     [not found]                     ` <9371b8272fd84280ae40b409b260bab3@AcuMS.aculab.com>
2020-08-04 11:13                       ` Matthew Wilcox
2020-08-03 19:29                   ` Steven Sistare
2020-07-31 19:41 ` Steven Sistare [this message]

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