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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm: Add new vma flag VM_LOCAL_CPU
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Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com> wrote:

> On 05/22/2018 10:51 AM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>> But CR3 is a per-CPU register. So it'd be *possible* to allocate one
>> PGD per CPU (per process). Have them be identical in all but one of
>> the PUD entries. Then you've reserved 1/512 of your address space for
>> per-CPU pages.
>>
>> Complicated, ugly, memory-consuming. But possible.
>
> Yep, and you'd probably want a cache of them so you don't end up having
> to go rewrite half of the PGD every time you context-switch. But, on
> the plus side, the logic would be pretty similar if not identical to the
> way that we manage PCIDs. If your mm was recently active on the CPU,
> you can use a PGD that's already been constructed. If not, you're stuck
> making a new one.
>
> Andy L. was alto talking about using this kind of mechanism to simplify
> the entry code. Instead of needing per-cpu areas where we index by the
> CPU number, or by using %GS, we could have per-cpu data or code that has
> a fixed virtual address.
>
> It'd be a fun project, but it might not ever pan out.

For the record: there are several academic studies about this subject. The
most notable one is Corey [1].

[1] https://www.usenix.org/legacy/event/osdi08/tech/full_papers/boyd-wickizer/boyd_wickizer.pdf
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