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SubjectRe: Enabling peer to peer device transactions for PCIe devices
On 11/30/2016 6:23 PM, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
>> and O_DIRECT operations that access GPU memory.
> This goes through user space so there is still a VMA..
>> Also, HMM's migration between two GPUs could use peer to peer in the
>> kernel, although that is intended to be handled by the GPU driver if
>> I understand correctly.
> Hum, presumably these migrations are VMA backed as well...
I guess so.

>>> Presumably in-kernel could use a vmap or something and the same basic
>>> flow?
>> I think we can achieve the kernel's needs with ZONE_DEVICE and DMA-API support
>> for peer to peer. I'm not sure we need vmap. We need a way to have a scatterlist
>> of MMIO pfns, and ZONE_DEVICE allows that.
> Well, if there is no virtual map then we are back to how do you do
> migrations and other things people seem to want to do on these
> pages. Maybe the loose 'struct page' flow is not for those users.
I was thinking that kernel use cases would disallow migration, similar to how
non-ODP MRs would work. Either they are short-lived (like an O_DIRECT transfer)
or they can be longed lived but non-migratable (like perhaps a CMB staging buffer).

> But I think if you want kGPU or similar then you probably need vmaps
> or something similar to represent the GPU pages in kernel memory.
Right, although sometimes the GPU pages are simply inaccessible to the CPU.
In any case, I haven't thought about kGPU as a use-case.

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