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SubjectRe: Enabling peer to peer device transactions for PCIe devices
+Qiang, who is working on it.

On 2016年11月27日 22:07, Christian König wrote:
> Am 27.11.2016 um 15:02 schrieb Haggai Eran:
>> On 11/25/2016 9:32 PM, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
>>> On Fri, Nov 25, 2016 at 02:22:17PM +0100, Christian König wrote:
>>>>> Like you say below we have to handle short lived in the usual way,
>>>>> and
>>>>> that covers basically every device except IB MRs, including the
>>>>> command queue on a NVMe drive.
>>>> Well a problem which wasn't mentioned so far is that while GPUs do
>>>> have a
>>>> page table to mirror the CPU page table, they usually can't recover
>>>> from
>>>> page faults.
>>>> So what we do is making sure that all memory accessed by the GPU
>>>> Jobs stays
>>>> in place while those jobs run (pretty much the same pinning you do
>>>> for the
>>>> DMA).
>>> Yes, it is DMA, so this is a valid approach.
>>> But, you don't need page faults from the GPU to do proper coherent
>>> page table mirroring. Basically when the driver submits the work to
>>> the GPU it 'faults' the pages into the CPU and mirror translation
>>> table (instead of pinning).
>>> Like in ODP, MMU notifiers/HMM are used to monitor for translation
>>> changes. If a change comes in the GPU driver checks if an executing
>>> command is touching those pages and blocks the MMU notifier until the
>>> command flushes, then unfaults the page (blocking future commands) and
>>> unblocks the mmu notifier.
>> I think blocking mmu notifiers against something that is basically
>> controlled by user-space can be problematic. This can block things like
>> memory reclaim. If you have user-space access to the device's queues,
>> user-space can block the mmu notifier forever.
> Really good point.
> I think this means the bare minimum if we don't have recoverable page
> faults is to have preemption support like Felix described in his
> answer as well.
> Going to keep that in mind,
> Christian.
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