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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 11/15] drm/shmem-helper: Add generic memory shrinker
On 5/5/22 11:34, Thomas Zimmermann wrote:
> Hi
> Am 18.04.22 um 00:37 schrieb Dmitry Osipenko:
>> Introduce a common DRM SHMEM shrinker. It allows to reduce code
>> duplication among DRM drivers that implement theirs own shrinkers.
>> This is initial version of the shrinker that covers basic needs of
>> GPU drivers, both purging and eviction of shmem objects are supported.
>> This patch is based on a couple ideas borrowed from Rob's Clark MSM
>> shrinker and Thomas' Zimmermann variant of SHMEM shrinker.
>> In order to start using DRM SHMEM shrinker drivers should:
>> 1. Implement new purge(), evict() + swap_in() GEM callbacks.
>> 2. Register shrinker using drm_gem_shmem_shrinker_register(drm_device).
>> 3. Use drm_gem_shmem_set_purgeable_and_evictable(shmem) and alike API
>>     functions to activate shrinking of GEMs.
> Honestly speaking, after reading the patch and the discussion here I
> really don't like where all tis is going. The interfaces and
> implementation are overengineered.  Descisions about evicting and
> purging should be done by the memory manager. For the most part, it's
> none of the driver's business.

Daniel mostly suggesting to make interface more flexible for future
drivers, so we won't need to re-do it later on. My version of the
interface is based on what drivers need today.

Why do you think it's a problem to turn shmem helper into the simple
generic memory manager? I don't see how it's better to have drivers
duplicating the exactly same efforts and making different mistakes.

The shmem shrinker implementation is mostly based on the freedreno's
shrinker and it's very easy to enable generic shrinker for VirtIO and
Panfrost drivers. I think in the future freedreno and other drivers
could switch to use drm shmem instead of open coding the memory management.

> I'd like to ask you to reduce the scope of the patchset and build the
> shrinker only for virtio-gpu. I know that I first suggested to build
> upon shmem helpers, but it seems that it's easier to do that in a later
> patchset.

The first version of the VirtIO shrinker didn't support memory eviction.
Memory eviction support requires page fault handler to be aware of the
evicted pages, what should we do about it? The page fault handling is a
part of memory management, hence to me drm-shmem is already kinda a MM.

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