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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 01/11] asm-generic/tlb: Provide a comment
On Wed, Sep 19, 2018 at 01:51:58PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 05:48:57PM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
>
> > > + * - mmu_gather::fullmm
> > > + *
> > > + * A flag set by tlb_gather_mmu() to indicate we're going to free
> > > + * the entire mm; this allows a number of optimizations.
> > > + *
> > > + * XXX list optimizations
> >
> > On arm64, we can elide the invalidation altogether because we won't
> > re-allocate the ASID. We also have an invalidate-by-ASID (mm) instruction,
> > which we could use if we needed to.
>
> Right, but I was also struggling to put into words the normal fullmm
> case.
>
> I now ended up with:
>
> --- a/include/asm-generic/tlb.h
> +++ b/include/asm-generic/tlb.h
> @@ -82,7 +82,11 @@
> * A flag set by tlb_gather_mmu() to indicate we're going to free
> * the entire mm; this allows a number of optimizations.
> *
> - * XXX list optimizations
> + * - We can ignore tlb_{start,end}_vma(); because we don't
> + * care about ranges. Everything will be shot down.
> + *
> + * - (RISC) architectures that use ASIDs can cycle to a new ASID
> + * and delay the invalidation until ASID space runs out.
> *
> * - mmu_gather::need_flush_all
> *
>
> Does that about cover things; or do we need more?

I think that's fine as a starting point. People can always add more.

> > > + *
> > > + * - mmu_gather::need_flush_all
> > > + *
> > > + * A flag that can be set by the arch code if it wants to force
> > > + * flush the entire TLB irrespective of the range. For instance
> > > + * x86-PAE needs this when changing top-level entries.
> > > + *
> > > + * And requires the architecture to provide and implement tlb_flush().
> > > + *
> > > + * tlb_flush() may, in addition to the above mentioned mmu_gather fields, make
> > > + * use of:
> > > + *
> > > + * - mmu_gather::start / mmu_gather::end
> > > + *
> > > + * which (when !need_flush_all; fullmm will have start = end = ~0UL) provides
> > > + * the range that needs to be flushed to cover the pages to be freed.
> >
> > I don't understand the mention of need_flush_all here -- I didn't think it
> > was used by the core code at all.
>
> The core does indeed not use that flag; but if the architecture set
> that, the range is still ignored.
>
> Can you suggest clearer wording?

The range is only ignored if the default tlb_flush() implementation is used
though, right? Since this text is about the fields that tlb_flush() can use,
I think we can just delete the part in brackets.

Will

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