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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] mm, zone_device: replace {get, put}_zone_device_page() with a single reference
On Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 01:17:26PM +0300, Kirill A. Shutemov wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 03:33:07PM -0400, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 12:22:24PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > Are you sure about needing to hook the 2 -> 1 transition? Could we
> > > change ZONE_DEVICE pages to not have an elevated reference count when
> > > they are created so you can keep the HMM references out of the mm hot
> > > path?
> >
> > 100% sure on that :) I need to callback into driver for 2->1 transition
> > no way around that. If we change ZONE_DEVICE to not have an elevated
> > reference count that you need to make a lot more change to mm so that
> > ZONE_DEVICE is never use as fallback for memory allocation. Also need
> > to make change to be sure that ZONE_DEVICE page never endup in one of
> > the path that try to put them back on lru. There is a lot of place that
> > would need to be updated and it would be highly intrusive and add a
> > lot of special cases to other hot code path.
> Could you explain more on where the requirement comes from or point me to
> where I can read about this.

HMM ZONE_DEVICE pages are use like other pages (anonymous or file back page)
in _any_ vma. So i need to know when a page is freed ie either as result of
unmap, exit or migration or anything that would free the memory. For zone
device a page is free once its refcount reach 1 so i need to catch refcount
transition from 2->1

This is the only way i can inform the device that the page is now free. See

There is _no_ way around that.


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