lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2018]   [Oct]   [30]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
From
Date
SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] kvm: Use huge pages for DAX-backed files
On Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 5:29 PM Barret Rhoden <brho@google.com> wrote:
>
> On 2018-10-29 at 15:25 Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@intel.com> wrote:
> > > + /*
> > > + * Our caller grabbed the KVM mmu_lock with a successful
> > > + * mmu_notifier_retry, so we're safe to walk the page table.
> > > + */
> > > + map_sz = pgd_mapping_size(current->mm, hva);
> > > + switch (map_sz) {
> > > + case PMD_SIZE:
> > > + return true;
> > > + case P4D_SIZE:
> > > + case PUD_SIZE:
> > > + printk_once(KERN_INFO "KVM THP promo found a very large page");
> >
> > Why not allow PUD_SIZE? The device-dax interface supports PUD mappings.
>
> The place where I use that helper seemed to care about PMDs (compared
> to huge pages larger than PUDs), I think due to THP. Though it also
> checks "level == PT_PAGE_TABLE_LEVEL", so it's probably a moot point.
>
> I can change it from pfn_is_pmd_mapped -> pfn_is_huge_mapped and allow
> any huge mapping that is appropriate: so PUD or PMD for DAX, PMD for
> non-DAX, IIUC.

Yes, THP stops at PMDs, but DAX and hugetlbfs support PUD level mappings.

> > > + return false;
> > > + }
> > > + return false;
> > > +}
> >
> > The above 2 functions are similar to what we need to do for
> > determining the blast radius of a memory error, see
> > dev_pagemap_mapping_shift() and its usage in add_to_kill().
>
> Great. I don't know if I have access in the KVM code to the VMA to use
> those functions directly, but I can extract the guts of
> dev_pagemap_mapping_shift() or something and put it in mm/util.c.

Sounds good.

> > > static void transparent_hugepage_adjust(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu,
> > > gfn_t *gfnp, kvm_pfn_t *pfnp,
> > > int *levelp)
> > > @@ -3168,7 +3237,7 @@ static void transparent_hugepage_adjust(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu,
> > > */
> > > if (!is_error_noslot_pfn(pfn) && !kvm_is_reserved_pfn(pfn) &&
> > > level == PT_PAGE_TABLE_LEVEL &&
> > > - PageTransCompoundMap(pfn_to_page(pfn)) &&
> > > + pfn_is_pmd_mapped(vcpu->kvm, gfn, pfn) &&
> >
> > I'm wondering if we're adding an explicit is_zone_device_page() check
> > in this path to determine the page mapping size if that can be a
> > replacement for the kvm_is_reserved_pfn() check. In other words, the
> > goal of fixing up PageReserved() was to preclude the need for DAX-page
> > special casing in KVM, but if we already need add some special casing
> > for page size determination, might as well bypass the
> > kvm_is_reserved_pfn() dependency as well.
>
> kvm_is_reserved_pfn() is used in some other places, like
> kvm_set_pfn_dirty()and kvm_set_pfn_accessed(). Maybe the way those
> treat DAX pages matters on a case-by-case basis?
>
> There are other callers of kvm_is_reserved_pfn() such as
> kvm_pfn_to_page() and gfn_to_page(). I'm not familiar (yet) with how
> struct pages and DAX work together, and whether or not the callers of
> those pfn_to_page() functions have expectations about the 'type' of
> struct page they get back.
>

The property of DAX pages that requires special coordination is the
fact that the device hosting the pages can be disabled at will. The
get_dev_pagemap() api is the interface to pin a device-pfn so that you
can safely perform a pfn_to_page() operation.

Have the pages that kvm uses in this path already been pinned by vfio?

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2018-10-30 04:11    [W:0.155 / U:0.088 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site