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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [RFC 1/3] xen/balloon: Allow allocating DMA buffers
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On 05/22/2018 05:33 PM, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
> On 05/22/2018 01:55 AM, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
>> On 05/21/2018 11:36 PM, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>> On 05/21/2018 03:13 PM, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
>>>> On 05/21/2018 09:53 PM, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>> On 05/21/2018 01:32 PM, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
>>>>>> On 05/21/2018 07:35 PM, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>>>> On 05/21/2018 01:40 AM, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 05/19/2018 01:04 AM, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On 05/17/2018 04:26 AM, Oleksandr Andrushchenko wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> From: Oleksandr Andrushchenko <oleksandr_andrushchenko@epam.com>
>>>>>>>>> A commit message would be useful.
>>>>>>>> Sure, v1 will have it
>>>>>>>>>> Signed-off-by: Oleksandr Andrushchenko
>>>>>>>>>> <oleksandr_andrushchenko@epam.com>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>          for (i = 0; i < nr_pages; i++) {
>>>>>>>>>> -        page = alloc_page(gfp);
>>>>>>>>>> -        if (page == NULL) {
>>>>>>>>>> -            nr_pages = i;
>>>>>>>>>> -            state = BP_EAGAIN;
>>>>>>>>>> -            break;
>>>>>>>>>> +        if (ext_pages) {
>>>>>>>>>> +            page = ext_pages[i];
>>>>>>>>>> +        } else {
>>>>>>>>>> +            page = alloc_page(gfp);
>>>>>>>>>> +            if (page == NULL) {
>>>>>>>>>> +                nr_pages = i;
>>>>>>>>>> +                state = BP_EAGAIN;
>>>>>>>>>> +                break;
>>>>>>>>>> +            }
>>>>>>>>>>              }
>>>>>>>>>>              scrub_page(page);
>>>>>>>>>>              list_add(&page->lru, &pages);
>>>>>>>>>> @@ -529,7 +565,7 @@ static enum bp_state
>>>>>>>>>> decrease_reservation(unsigned long nr_pages, gfp_t gfp)
>>>>>>>>>>          i = 0;
>>>>>>>>>>          list_for_each_entry_safe(page, tmp, &pages, lru) {
>>>>>>>>>>              /* XENMEM_decrease_reservation requires a GFN */
>>>>>>>>>> -        frame_list[i++] = xen_page_to_gfn(page);
>>>>>>>>>> +        frames[i++] = xen_page_to_gfn(page);
>>>>>>>>>>        #ifdef CONFIG_XEN_HAVE_PVMMU
>>>>>>>>>>              /*
>>>>>>>>>> @@ -552,18 +588,22 @@ static enum bp_state
>>>>>>>>>> decrease_reservation(unsigned long nr_pages, gfp_t gfp)
>>>>>>>>>>      #endif
>>>>>>>>>>              list_del(&page->lru);
>>>>>>>>>>      -        balloon_append(page);
>>>>>>>>>> +        if (!ext_pages)
>>>>>>>>>> +            balloon_append(page);
>>>>>>>>> So what you are proposing is not really ballooning. You are just
>>>>>>>>> piggybacking on existing interfaces, aren't you?
>>>>>>>> Sort of. Basically I need to {increase|decrease}_reservation, not
>>>>>>>> actually
>>>>>>>> allocating ballooned pages.
>>>>>>>> Do you think I can simply EXPORT_SYMBOL for
>>>>>>>> {increase|decrease}_reservation?
>>>>>>>> Any other suggestion?
>>>>>>> I am actually wondering how much of that code you end up reusing.
>>>>>>> You
>>>>>>> pretty much create new code paths in both routines and common code
>>>>>>> ends
>>>>>>> up being essentially the hypercall.
>>>>>> Well, I hoped that it would be easier to maintain if I modify
>>>>>> existing
>>>>>> code
>>>>>> to support both use-cases, but I am also ok to create new routines if
>>>>>> this
>>>>>> seems to be reasonable - please let me know
>>>>>>>     So the question is --- would it make
>>>>>>> sense to do all of this separately from the balloon driver?
>>>>>> This can be done, but which driver will host this code then? If we
>>>>>> move from
>>>>>> the balloon driver, then this could go to either gntdev or
>>>>>> grant-table.
>>>>>> What's your preference?
>>>>> A separate module?
>>>>> Is there any use for this feature outside of your zero-copy DRM
>>>>> driver?
>>>> Intel's hyper dma-buf (Dongwon/Matt CC'ed), V4L/GPU at least.
>>>>
>>>> At the time I tried to upstream zcopy driver it was discussed and
>>>> decided that
>>>> it would be better if I remove all DRM specific code and move it to
>>>> Xen drivers.
>>>> Thus, this RFC.
>>>>
>>>> But it can also be implemented as a dedicated Xen dma-buf driver which
>>>> will have all the
>>>> code from this RFC + a bit more (char/misc device handling at least).
>>>> This will also require a dedicated user-space library, just like
>>>> libxengnttab.so
>>>> for gntdev (now I have all new IOCTLs covered there).
>>>>
>>>> If the idea of a dedicated Xen dma-buf driver seems to be more
>>>> attractive we
>>>> can work toward this solution. BTW, I do support this idea, but was not
>>>> sure if Xen community accepts yet another driver which duplicates
>>>> quite some code
>>>> of the existing gntdev/balloon/grant-table. And now after this RFC I
>>>> hope that all cons
>>>> and pros of both dedicated driver and gntdev/balloon/grant-table
>>>> extension are
>>>> clearly seen and we can make a decision.
>>> IIRC the objection for a separate module was in the context of gntdev
>>> was discussion, because (among other things) people didn't want to have
>>> yet another file in /dev/xen/
>>>
>>> Here we are talking about (a new) balloon-like module which doesn't
>>> create any new user-visible interfaces. And as for duplicating code ---
>>> as I said, I am not convinced there is much of duplication.
>>>
>>> I might even argue that we should add a new config option for this
>>> module.
>> I am not quite sure I am fully following you here: so, you suggest
>> that we have balloon.c unchanged, but instead create a new
>> module (namely a file under the same folder as balloon.c, e.g.
>> dma-buf-reservation.c) and move those {increase|decrease}_reservation
>> routines (specific to dma-buf) to that new file? And make it selectable
>> via Kconfig? If so, then how about the changes to grant-table and gntdev?
>> Those will look inconsistent then.
> Inconsistent with what? The changes to grant code will also be under the
> new config option.
Ah, ok.

Option 1. We will have Kconfig option which will cover dma-buf
changes in balloon, grant-table and gntdev. And for that we will
create dedicated routines in balloon and grant-table (copy of
the existing ones, but modified to fit dma-buf use-case) and
those under something like "#if CONFIG_XEN_DMABUF"?
This is relatively easy to do for balloon/grant-table, but not that
easy for gntdev: there still seems to be lots of code which can be reused,
so I'll have to put lots of "#if CONFIG_XEN_DMABUF" there. Even more, I
change
interfaces of the existing gntdev routines which won't look cute with
#if's, IMO.

Option 2. Try moving dma-buf related changes from balloon and
grant-table to a new file. Then gntdev's Kconfig concerns from above
will still
be there, but balloon/grant-table functionality will be localized in a
new module.

I am still missing your point here?

>
>> If you suggest a new kernel driver module:
>> IMO, there is nothing bad if we create a dedicated kernel module
>> (driver) for Xen dma-buf handling selectable under Kconfig option.
>> Yes, this will create a yet another device under /dev/xen,
>> but most people will never see it if we set Kconfig to default to "n".
>> And then we'll need user-space support for that, so Xen tools will
>> be extended with libxendmabuf.so or so.
>> This way all Xen dma-buf support can be localized at one place which
>> might be easier to maintain. What is more it could be totally transparent
>> to most of us as Kconfig option won't be set by default (both kernel
>> and Xen).
>
> The downside is that we will end up having another device for doing
> things that are not that different from what we are already doing with
> existing gnttab device. Or are they?
Agree, but Kconfig option, IMO, won't make it look nice because
of gntdev changes and code reuse.
> -boris
Thank you,
Oleksandr

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