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Subject[PATCH v3 0/7] Emulated coherent graphics memory take 2
From: Thomas Hellström <>

Graphics APIs like OpenGL 4.4 and Vulkan require the graphics driver
to provide coherent graphics memory, meaning that the GPU sees any
content written to the coherent memory on the next GPU operation that
touches that memory, and the CPU sees any content written by the GPU
to that memory immediately after any fence object trailing the GPU
operation is signaled.

Paravirtual drivers that otherwise require explicit synchronization
needs to do this by hooking up dirty tracking to pagefault handlers
and buffer object validation.

Provide mm helpers needed for this and that also allow for huge pmd-
and pud entries (patch 1-3), and the associated vmwgfx code (patch 4-7).

The code has been tested and exercised by a tailored version of mesa
where we disable all explicit synchronization and assume graphics memory
is coherent. The performance loss varies of course; a typical number is
around 5%.

I would like to merge this code through the DRM tree, so an ack to include
the new mm helpers in that merge would be greatly appreciated.

Changes since RFC:
- Merge conflict changes moved to the correct patch. Fixes intra-patchset
compile errors.
- Be more aggressive when turning ttm vm code into helpers. This makes sure
we can use a const qualifier on the vmwgfx vm_ops.
- Reinstate a lost comment an fix an error path that was broken when turning
the ttm vm code into helpers.
- Remove explicit type-casts of struct vm_area_struct::vm_private_data
- Clarify the locking inversion that makes us not being able to use the mm
pagewalk code.

Changes since v1:
- Removed the vmwgfx maintainer entry for as_dirty_helpers.c, updated
commit message accordingly
- Removed the TTM patches from the series as they are merged separately
through DRM.
Changes since v2:
- Split out the pagewalk code from as_dirty_helpers.c and document locking.
- Add pre_vma and post_vma callbacks to the pagewalk code.
- Remove huge pmd and -pud asserts that would trip when we protect vmas with
struct address_space::i_mmap_rwsem rather than with
struct vm_area_struct::mmap_sem.
- Do some naming cleanup in as_dirty_helpers.c

Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc: Will Deacon <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Rik van Riel <>
Cc: Minchan Kim <>
Cc: Michal Hocko <>
Cc: Huang Ying <>
Cc: Jérôme Glisse <>
Cc: Kirill A. Shutemov <>

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