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Date:	Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:38:43 +0530
From:	"Aneesh Kumar K.V" <>
To:	Steve Capper <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] mm: Introduce a general RCU get_user_pages_fast.

Steve Capper <> writes:

> On Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 04:27:53PM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
>> get_user_pages_fast attempts to pin user pages by walking the page
>> tables directly and avoids taking locks. Thus the walker needs to be
>> protected from page table pages being freed from under it, and needs
>> to block any THP splits.
>> One way to achieve this is to have the walker disable interrupts, and
>> rely on IPIs from the TLB flushing code blocking before the page table
>> pages are freed.
>> On some platforms we have hardware broadcast of TLB invalidations, thus
>> the TLB flushing code doesn't necessarily need to broadcast IPIs; and
>> spuriously broadcasting IPIs can hurt system performance if done too
>> often.
>> This problem has been solved on PowerPC and Sparc by batching up page
>> table pages belonging to more than one mm_user, then scheduling an
>> rcu_sched callback to free the pages. This RCU page table free logic
>> has been promoted to core code and is activated when one enables
>> HAVE_RCU_TABLE_FREE. Unfortunately, these architectures implement
>> their own get_user_pages_fast routines.
>> The RCU page table free logic coupled with a an IPI broadcast on THP
>> split (which is a rare event), allows one to protect a page table
>> walker by merely disabling the interrupts during the walk.
>> This patch provides a general RCU implementation of get_user_pages_fast
>> that can be used by architectures that perform hardware broadcast of
>> TLB invalidations.
>> It is based heavily on the PowerPC implementation.
>> Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <>
>> ---
>> NOTE: I kept the description of patch as it is and also retained the documentation.
>> I also dropped the tested-by and other SOB, because i was not sure whether they want
>> to be blamed for the bugs here. Please feel free to update.
> Hi Aneesh,
> Thank you for coding this up.
> I've compiled and briefly tested this on arm (with and without LPAE),
> and arm64. I ran a custom futex on THP tail test, and this passed.
> I'll test this a little more aggressively with ltp.
> I think Linus has already pulled in the RCU gup I posted, could you
> please instead write a patch against?

Will do that. 

> 2667f50 mm: introduce a general RCU get_user_pages_fast()

In that patch don't you need to check the _PAGE_PRESENT details in case
of gup_huge_pmd ?


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