[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH v5 1/1] sgi-gru: Remove *pte_lookup functions, Convert to get_user_page*()

Jason Gunthorpe jgg at ziepe.ca
Wed Aug 14 17:38:30 UTC 2019


On Wed, Aug 14, 2019 at 11:00:34PM +0530, Bharath Vedartham wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 01:19:38PM -0500, Dimitri Sivanich wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 10:53:01PM +0530, Bharath Vedartham wrote:
> > > On Tue, Aug 13, 2019 at 09:50:29AM -0500, Dimitri Sivanich wrote:
> > > > Bharath,
> > > > 
> > > > I do not believe that __get_user_pages_fast will work for the atomic case, as
> > > > there is no guarantee that the 'current->mm' will be the correct one for the
> > > > process in question, as the process might have moved away from the cpu that is
> > > > handling interrupts for it's context.
> > > So what your saying is, there may be cases where current->mm != gts->ts_mm
> > > right? __get_user_pages_fast and get_user_pages do assume current->mm.
> > 
> > Correct, in the case of atomic context.
> > 
> > > 
> > > These changes were inspired a bit from kvm. In kvm/kvm_main.c,
> > > hva_to_pfn_fast uses __get_user_pages_fast. THe comment above the
> > > function states it runs in atomic context.
> > > 
> > > Just curious, get_user_pages also uses current->mm. Do you think that is
> > > also an issue? 
> > 
> > Not in non-atomic context.  Notice that it is currently done that way.
> > 
> > > 
> > > Do you feel using get_user_pages_remote would be a better idea? We can
> > > specify the mm_struct in get_user_pages_remote?
> > 
> > From that standpoint maybe, but is it safe in interrupt context?
> Hmm.. The gup maintainers seemed fine with the code..
> 
> Now this is only an issue if gru_vtop can be executed in an interrupt
> context. 
> 
> get_user_pages_remote is not valid in an interrupt context(if CONFIG_MMU
> is set). If we follow the function, in __get_user_pages, cond_resched()
> is called which definitly confirms that we can't run this function in an
> interrupt context. 
> 
> I think we might need some advice from the gup maintainers here.
> Note that the comment on the function __get_user_pages_fast states that
> __get_user_pages_fast is IRQ-safe.

vhost is doing some approach where they switch current to the target
then call __get_user_pages_fast in an IRQ context, that might be a
reasonable pattern

If this is a regular occurance we should probably add a
get_atomic_user_pages_remote() to make the pattern clear.

Jason


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