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From: David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>
To: Alexander Duyck <alexander.duyck@gmail.com>,
	kvm@vger.kernel.org, mst@redhat.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, willy@infradead.org,
	mhocko@kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org, akpm@linux-foundation.org,
	mgorman@techsingularity.net, vbabka@suse.cz
Cc: yang.zhang.wz@gmail.com, nitesh@redhat.com,
	konrad.wilk@oracle.com, pagupta@redhat.com, riel@surriel.com,
	lcapitulino@redhat.com, dave.hansen@intel.com,
	wei.w.wang@intel.com, aarcange@redhat.com, pbonzini@redhat.com,
	dan.j.williams@intel.com, alexander.h.duyck@linux.intel.com,
	osalvador@suse.de
Subject: Re: [PATCH v15 6/7] virtio-balloon: Add support for providing free page reports to host
Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2019 11:15:34 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <ca305a98-864e-ccb0-5393-f73997645acf@redhat.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20191205162255.19548.63866.stgit@localhost.localdomain>

On 05.12.19 17:22, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> From: Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@linux.intel.com>
> 
> Add support for the page reporting feature provided by virtio-balloon.
> Reporting differs from the regular balloon functionality in that is is
> much less durable than a standard memory balloon. Instead of creating a
> list of pages that cannot be accessed the pages are only inaccessible
> while they are being indicated to the virtio interface. Once the
> interface has acknowledged them they are placed back into their respective
> free lists and are once again accessible by the guest system.
> 
> Unlike a standard balloon we don't inflate and deflate the pages. Instead
> we perform the reporting, and once the reporting is completed it is
> assumed that the page has been dropped from the guest and will be faulted
> back in the next time the page is accessed.
> 
> For this reason when I had originally introduced the patch set I referred
> to this behavior as a "bubble" instead of a "balloon" since the duration
> is short lived, and when the page is touched the "bubble" is popped and
> the page is faulted back in.

While an interesting read, I would drop that comment as it isn't really
of value for the code/codebase itself.

[...]

> +
> +	vb->pr_dev_info.report = virtballoon_free_page_report;
> +	if (virtio_has_feature(vb->vdev, VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_REPORTING)) {
> +		unsigned int capacity;
> +
> +		capacity = virtqueue_get_vring_size(vb->reporting_vq);
> +		if (capacity < PAGE_REPORTING_CAPACITY) {
> +			err = -ENOSPC;
> +			goto out_unregister_shrinker;

It's somewhat strange to fail loading the balloon completely here.
Wouldn't it be better to print e.g. a warning but continue without free
page reporting?

(I guess splitting up the list can be done in an addon patch if ever
really needed for virtio-balloon)

Apart from that

Reviewed-by: David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>

Thanks!

-- 
Thanks,

David / dhildenb


  parent reply	other threads:[~2019-12-13 10:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 39+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-12-05 16:22 [PATCH v15 0/7] mm / virtio: Provide support for free page reporting Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 1/7] mm: Adjust shuffle code to allow for future coalescing Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 2/7] mm: Use zone and order instead of free area in free_list manipulators Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 3/7] mm: Add function __putback_isolated_page Alexander Duyck
2019-12-16 11:36   ` David Hildenbrand
2019-12-16 16:22     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-17 10:58       ` David Hildenbrand
2019-12-17 16:26         ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-17 17:24           ` David Hildenbrand
2019-12-17 18:24             ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-17 18:46               ` David Hildenbrand
2019-12-17 21:50                 ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 4/7] mm: Introduce Reported pages Alexander Duyck
2019-12-16 10:17   ` Nitesh Narayan Lal
2019-12-16 16:28     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-17  8:55       ` Nitesh Narayan Lal
2019-12-17 16:31         ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-18  7:31           ` Mel Gorman
2019-12-16 11:44   ` Nitesh Narayan Lal
2019-12-16 16:10     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 5/7] virtio-balloon: Pull page poisoning config out of free page hinting Alexander Duyck
2019-12-13  7:03   ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2019-12-05 16:22 ` [PATCH v15 6/7] virtio-balloon: Add support for providing free page reports to host Alexander Duyck
2019-12-13  7:08   ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2019-12-13 16:35     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-15  9:29       ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2019-12-13 10:15   ` David Hildenbrand [this message]
2019-12-13 16:37     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:23 ` [PATCH v15 7/7] mm: Add free page reporting documentation Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:24 ` [PATCH v15 QEMU 1/3] virtio-ballon: Implement support for page poison tracking feature Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:24 ` [PATCH v15 QEMU 2/3] virtio-balloon: Add bit to notify guest of unused page reporting Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:24 ` [PATCH v15 QEMU 3/3] virtio-balloon: Provide a interface for " Alexander Duyck
2019-12-05 16:26 ` [PATCH v15 QEMU 4/3 RFC] memory: Add support for MADV_FREE as mechanism to lazy discard pages Alexander Duyck
2019-12-12 23:47 ` [PATCH v15 0/7] mm / virtio: Provide support for free page reporting Alexander Duyck
2019-12-13 10:00 ` David Hildenbrand
2019-12-13 11:08   ` Mel Gorman
2019-12-13 16:59     ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-13 16:46   ` Alexander Duyck
2019-12-16 12:21     ` David Hildenbrand

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