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From: Jerome Glisse <>
To: Dan Williams <>
	Balbir Singh <>,
	Logan Gunthorpe <>,
	Christoph Hellwig <>, Michal Hocko <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 0/7] mm: Merge hmm into devm_memremap_pages, mark GPL-only
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2018 18:37:52 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Wed, Nov 21, 2018 at 05:20:55PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 20 Nov 2018 15:12:49 -0800 Dan Williams <> wrote:


> > I am also concerned that HMM was designed in a way to minimize further
> > engagement with the core-MM. That, with these hooks in place,
> > device-drivers are free to implement their own policies without much
> > consideration for whether and how the core-MM could grow to meet that
> > need. Going forward not only should HMM be EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL, but the
> > core-MM should be allowed the opportunity and stimulus to change and
> > address these new use cases as first class functionality.
> > 
> The arguments are compelling.  I apologize for not thinking of and/or
> not being made aware of them at the time.

So i wanted to comment on that part. Yes HMM is an impedence layer
that goes both way ie device driver are shielded from core mm and
core mm folks do not need to understand individual driver to modify
mm, they only need to understand what is provided to the driver by
HMM (and keeps HMM promise intact from driver POV no matter how it
is achieve). So this is intentional.

Nonetheless I want to grow core mm involvement in managing those
memory (see patchset i just posted about hbind() and heterogeneous
memory system). But i do not expect that core mm will be in full
control at least not for some time. The historical reasons is that
device like GPU are not only use for compute (which is where HMM
gets use) but also for graphics (simple desktop or even games).
Those are two differents workload using different API (CUDA/OpenCL
for compute, OpenGL/Vulkan for graphics) on the same underlying

Those API expose the hardware in incompatible way when it comes to
memory management (especialy API like Vulkan). Managing memory page
wise is not well suited for graphics. The issues comes from the
fact that we do not want to exclude either workload from happening
concurrently (running your destkop while some compute job is running
in the background). So for this to work we need to keep the device
driver in control of its memory (hence why callback when page are
freed for instance). We also need to forbid things like pinning any
device memory pages ...

I still expect some commonality to emerge accross different hardware
so that we can grow more things and share more code into core mm but
i want to get their organicaly, not forcing everyone into a design
today. I expect this will happens by going from high level concept,
how things get use in userspace from end user POV, and working back-
ward from there to see what common API (if any) we can provided to
catter those common use case.


      parent reply	other threads:[~2018-12-03 23:37 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 26+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-11-20 23:12 [PATCH v8 0/7] mm: Merge hmm into devm_memremap_pages, mark GPL-only Dan Williams
2018-11-20 23:12 ` [PATCH v8 1/7] mm, devm_memremap_pages: Mark devm_memremap_pages() EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL Dan Williams
2018-11-22 13:30   ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-22 16:38     ` Christoph Hellwig
2018-11-22 16:40       ` Christoph Hellwig
2018-11-23  8:47       ` Michal Hocko
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 2/7] mm, devm_memremap_pages: Kill mapping "System RAM" support Dan Williams
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 3/7] mm, devm_memremap_pages: Fix shutdown handling Dan Williams
2018-11-27 21:43   ` Logan Gunthorpe
2018-11-29  3:10     ` Dan Williams
2018-11-29 17:06       ` Logan Gunthorpe
2018-11-29 17:30         ` Dan Williams
2018-11-29 17:50           ` Logan Gunthorpe
2018-11-29 18:51             ` Dan Williams
2018-11-30 22:19               ` Logan Gunthorpe
2018-11-30 22:28                 ` Dan Williams
2018-11-30 22:34                   ` Logan Gunthorpe
2018-11-30 22:47                     ` Dan Williams
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 4/7] mm, devm_memremap_pages: Add MEMORY_DEVICE_PRIVATE support Dan Williams
2018-11-23 10:48   ` David Hildenbrand
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 5/7] mm, hmm: Use devm semantics for hmm_devmem_{add, remove} Dan Williams
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 6/7] mm, hmm: Replace hmm_devmem_pages_create() with devm_memremap_pages() Dan Williams
2018-11-20 23:13 ` [PATCH v8 7/7] mm, hmm: Mark hmm_devmem_{add, add_resource} EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL Dan Williams
2018-11-22  1:20 ` [PATCH v8 0/7] mm: Merge hmm into devm_memremap_pages, mark GPL-only Andrew Morton
2018-11-25 22:04   ` Pavel Machek
2018-12-03 23:37 ` Jerome Glisse [this message]

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