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From: Alistair Popple <apopple@nvidia.com>
To: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg@ziepe.ca>
Cc: rcampbell@nvidia.com, linux-doc@vger.kernel.org,
	nouveau@lists.freedesktop.org, dri-devel@lists.freedesktop.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, kvm-ppc@vger.kernel.org,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, bskeggs@redhat.com,
	akpm@linux-foundation.org
Subject: Re: [Nouveau] [PATCH 1/9] mm/migrate.c: Always allow device private pages to migrate
Date: Wed, 10 Feb 2021 14:40:10 +1100
Message-ID: <1780857.6Ip0F2Sa4d@nvdebian> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210209133932.GD4718@ziepe.ca>

On Wednesday, 10 February 2021 12:39:32 AM AEDT Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 12:07:14PM +1100, Alistair Popple wrote:
> > Device private pages are used to represent device memory that is not
> > directly accessible from the CPU. Extra references to a device private
> > page are only used to ensure the struct page itself remains valid whilst
> > waiting for migration entries. Therefore extra references should not
> > prevent device private page migration as this can lead to failures to
> > migrate pages back to the CPU which are fatal to the user process.
> 
> This should identify the extra references in expected_count, just
> disabling this protection seems unsafe, ZONE_DEVICE is not so special
> that the refcount means nothing

This is similar to what migarte_vma_check_page() does now. The issue is that a 
migration wait takes a reference on the device private page so you can end up 
with one thread stuck waiting for migration whilst the other can't migrate due 
to the extra refcount.

Given device private pages can't undergo GUP and that it's not possible to 
differentiate the migration wait refcount from any other refcount we assume 
any possible extra reference must be from migration wait.

> Is this a side effect of the extra refcounts that Ralph was trying to
> get rid of? I'd rather see that work finished :)

I'd like to see that finished too but I don't think it would help here as this 
is not a side effect of that.

 - Alistair

> Jason




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Thread overview: 27+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-02-09  1:07 [Nouveau] [PATCH 0/9] Add support for SVM atomics in Nouveau Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 1/9] mm/migrate.c: Always allow device private pages to migrate Alistair Popple
2021-02-09 13:39   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-10  3:40     ` Alistair Popple [this message]
2021-02-10 12:56       ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 2/9] mm/migrate.c: Allow pfn flags to be passed to migrate_vma_setup() Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 3/9] mm/migrate: Add a unmap and pin migration mode Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 4/9] Documentation: Add unmap and pin to HMM Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 5/9] hmm-tests: Add test for unmap and pin Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 6/9] nouveau/dmem: Only map migrating pages Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 7/9] nouveau/svm: Refactor nouveau_range_fault Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 8/9] nouveau/dmem: Add support for multiple page types Alistair Popple
2021-02-09  1:07 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 9/9] nouveau/svm: Implement atomic SVM access Alistair Popple
2021-02-09 10:27 ` [Nouveau] [PATCH 0/9] Add support for SVM atomics in Nouveau Daniel Vetter
2021-02-09 12:57   ` Alistair Popple
2021-02-09 13:35     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-09 13:39       ` Daniel Vetter
2021-02-09 13:44         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-09 21:17       ` Jerome Glisse
2021-02-10 17:56         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-09 13:37     ` Daniel Vetter
2021-02-09 20:53       ` John Hubbard
2021-02-10 12:59         ` Daniel Vetter
2021-02-11  2:26           ` John Hubbard
2021-02-10 17:59         ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-02-11  7:55           ` Christoph Hellwig
2021-02-17 23:00             ` Alistair Popple

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