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From: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
To: Peter Xu <peterx@redhat.com>
Cc: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca>,
	John Hubbard <jhubbard@nvidia.com>,
	Leon Romanovsky <leonro@nvidia.com>,
	Linux-MM <linux-mm@kvack.org>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	"Maya B . Gokhale" <gokhale2@llnl.gov>,
	Yang Shi <yang.shi@linux.alibaba.com>,
	Marty Mcfadden <mcfadden8@llnl.gov>,
	Kirill Shutemov <kirill@shutemov.name>,
	Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>, Jann Horn <jannh@google.com>,
	Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>, Kirill Tkhai <ktkhai@virtuozzo.com>,
	Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@redhat.com>,
	Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/4] mm: Trial do_wp_page() simplification
Date: Fri, 18 Sep 2020 13:59:41 -0700
Message-ID: <CAHk-=wiF03A3X0FoE68yXWDqO19ofgXq=21kWcRAe5+uN-WHXw@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200918204048.GC5962@xz-x1>

On Fri, Sep 18, 2020 at 1:41 PM Peter Xu <peterx@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> What would be the result if we simply use GFP_ATOMIC?  Would there be too many
> pages to allocate in bulk for ATOMIC?

It's very easy to run out of memory with GFP_ATOMIC, and also cause
various nasty issues with networking (ie when you've depleted atomic
memory, networking starts losing packets etc).

So yeah, this code should not use GFP_ATOMIC, I think it just needs to
drop and re-take the paeg table lock.

Which is easy enough to do: returning a zero 'entry.val' already does
that for other reasons, there's nothing magical about holding the lock
here, there's no larger page table lock requirement.

The main annoyance is that I think it means that copy_pte_range()
would also have to have a special "preallocation page" thing for this
case, so that it can drop the lock, do the allocation, and then take
the lock again and return 0 (to repeat - now with the preallocation
filled).

Honestly, if we had a completely *reliable* sign of "this page is
pinned", then I think the much nicer option would be to just say
"pinned pages will not be copied at all". Kind of an implicit
VM_DONTCOPY.

(Or we'd do the reverse, and say "pinned pages stay pinned even in the child").

But that's not an option when the pinning test is a "maybe". Oh well.

             Linus

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Thread overview: 93+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-08-21 23:49 [PATCH 0/4] mm: Simplfy cow handling Peter Xu
2020-08-21 23:49 ` [PATCH 1/4] mm: Trial do_wp_page() simplification Peter Xu
2020-08-24  8:36   ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-24 14:30     ` Jan Kara
2020-08-24 15:37       ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-24 18:22         ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-01  7:01           ` Hugh Dickins
2020-09-14 14:38   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-14 17:32     ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-14 18:34       ` Peter Xu
2020-09-14 21:15         ` Peter Xu
2020-09-14 22:55           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-14 22:59             ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-14 23:28               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15  0:19                 ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-15 14:50                 ` Peter Xu
2020-09-15 15:17                   ` Peter Xu
2020-09-15 16:05                   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15 18:29                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15 19:13                       ` Peter Xu
2020-09-15 19:38                         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15 21:33                           ` Peter Xu
2020-09-15 23:22                             ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-16  1:50                               ` John Hubbard
2020-09-16 17:48                                 ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-16 18:46                                   ` Peter Xu
2020-09-17 11:25                                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-17 18:11                                       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-17 19:38                                         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-17 19:51                                           ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-18 16:40                                             ` Peter Xu
2020-09-18 17:16                                               ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-18 19:57                                                 ` Peter Xu
2020-09-18 17:32                                               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-18 20:40                                                 ` Peter Xu
2020-09-18 20:59                                                   ` Linus Torvalds [this message]
2020-09-19  0:28                                                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-18 21:06                                                   ` John Hubbard
2020-09-19  0:01                                                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-21  8:35                                                       ` Jan Kara
2020-09-21 12:03                                                         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-21 13:42                                               ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-21 14:18                                                 ` Peter Xu
2020-09-21 14:28                                                   ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-21 14:38                                                     ` Tejun Heo
2020-09-21 14:43                                                       ` Christian Brauner
2020-09-21 14:55                                                         ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-21 15:04                                                           ` Christian Brauner
2020-09-21 16:06                                                             ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-23  7:53                                                               ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-21 14:41                                                 ` Christian Brauner
2020-09-21 14:57                                                   ` Michal Hocko
2020-09-21 16:31                                                     ` Peter Xu
2020-09-17 18:14                                       ` Peter Xu
2020-09-17 18:26                                         ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-17 19:03                                           ` Peter Xu
2020-09-17 19:42                                             ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-17 19:55                                               ` John Hubbard
2020-09-17 20:06                                               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-17 20:19                                                 ` John Hubbard
2020-09-17 20:25                                                   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-17 20:35                                                 ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-17 21:40                                                   ` Peter Xu
2020-09-17 22:09                                                     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-17 22:25                                                       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-09-17 22:48                                                       ` Ira Weiny
2020-09-18  9:36                                                         ` Jan Kara
2020-09-18  9:44                                                       ` Jan Kara
2020-09-18 16:19                                             ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15 10:23           ` Leon Romanovsky
2020-09-15 15:56           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2020-09-15 15:03   ` Oleg Nesterov
2020-09-15 16:18     ` Peter Xu
2020-08-21 23:49 ` [PATCH 2/4] mm/ksm: Remove reuse_ksm_page() Peter Xu
2020-08-21 23:49 ` [PATCH 3/4] mm/gup: Remove enfornced COW mechanism Peter Xu
2020-09-14 14:27   ` Oleg Nesterov
2020-09-14 17:59     ` Peter Xu
2020-09-14 19:03       ` Linus Torvalds
2020-08-21 23:49 ` [PATCH 4/4] mm: Add PGREUSE counter Peter Xu
2020-08-22 16:14   ` Linus Torvalds
2020-08-24  0:24     ` Peter Xu
2020-08-22 16:05 ` [PATCH 0/4] mm: Simplfy cow handling Linus Torvalds
2020-08-23 23:58   ` Peter Xu
2020-08-24  8:38 ` Kirill Tkhai
2020-08-27 14:15 ` Peter Xu
2021-02-02 14:40 [PATCH 1/4] mm: Trial do_wp_page() simplification Gal Pressman
2021-02-02 16:31 ` Peter Xu
2021-02-02 16:44   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-02 17:05     ` Peter Xu
2021-02-02 17:13       ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-03 12:43         ` Gal Pressman
2021-02-03 14:00           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-03 14:47             ` Gal Pressman

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