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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v3 1/2] mempinfd: Add new syscall to provide memory pin
On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 05:17:46PM +0800, Zhou Wang wrote:
> On 2021/2/8 6:02, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> >
> >
> >> On Feb 7, 2021, at 12:31 AM, Zhou Wang <wangzhou1@hisilicon.com> wrote:
> >>
> >> SVA(share virtual address) offers a way for device to share process virtual
> >> address space safely, which makes more convenient for user space device
> >> driver coding. However, IO page faults may happen when doing DMA
> >> operations. As the latency of IO page fault is relatively big, DMA
> >> performance will be affected severely when there are IO page faults.
> >> From a long term view, DMA performance will be not stable.
> >>
> >> In high-performance I/O cases, accelerators might want to perform
> >> I/O on a memory without IO page faults which can result in dramatically
> >> increased latency. Current memory related APIs could not achieve this
> >> requirement, e.g. mlock can only avoid memory to swap to backup device,
> >> page migration can still trigger IO page fault.
> >>
> >> Various drivers working under traditional non-SVA mode are using
> >> their own specific ioctl to do pin. Such ioctl can be seen in v4l2,
> >> gpu, infiniband, media, vfio, etc. Drivers are usually doing dma
> >> mapping while doing pin.
> >>
> >> But, in SVA mode, pin could be a common need which isn't necessarily
> >> bound with any drivers, and neither is dma mapping needed by drivers
> >> since devices are using the virtual address of CPU. Thus, It is better
> >> to introduce a new common syscall for it.
> >>
> >> This patch leverages the design of userfaultfd and adds mempinfd for pin
> >> to avoid messing up mm_struct. A fd will be got by mempinfd, then user
> >> space can do pin/unpin pages by ioctls of this fd, all pinned pages under
> >> one file will be unpinned in file release process. Like pin page cases in
> >> other places, can_do_mlock is used to check permission and input
> >> parameters.
> >
> >
> > Can you document what the syscall does?
>
> Will add related document in Documentation/vm.

A manpage is always good, and will be required eventually :)

thanks,

greg k-h

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