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Date:   Sun, 7 Apr 2019 21:03:47 -0700
From:   Ira Weiny <ira.weiny@...el.com>
To:     Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>
Cc:     Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@....com>,
        Anshuman Khandual <anshuman.khandual@....com>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
        Linux MM <linux-mm@...ck.org>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Will Deacon <will.deacon@....com>,
        Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@....com>,
        Michal Hocko <mhocko@...e.com>,
        Mel Gorman <mgorman@...hsingularity.net>, james.morse@....com,
        Mark Rutland <mark.rutland@....com>, cpandya@...eaurora.org,
        arunks@...eaurora.org, osalvador@...e.de,
        Logan Gunthorpe <logang@...tatee.com>,
        David Hildenbrand <david@...hat.com>, cai@....pw,
        Jérôme Glisse <jglisse@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 6/6] arm64/mm: Enable ZONE_DEVICE

On Sun, Apr 07, 2019 at 03:11:00PM -0700, Dan Williams wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 2:47 AM Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@....com> wrote:
> >
> > On 04/04/2019 06:04, Dan Williams wrote:
> > > On Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:42 PM Anshuman Khandual
> > > <anshuman.khandual@....com> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> On 04/03/2019 07:28 PM, Robin Murphy wrote:
> > >>> [ +Dan, Jerome ]
> > >>>
> > >>> On 03/04/2019 05:30, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> > >>>> Arch implementation for functions which create or destroy vmemmap mapping
> > >>>> (vmemmap_populate, vmemmap_free) can comprehend and allocate from inside
> > >>>> device memory range through driver provided vmem_altmap structure which
> > >>>> fulfils all requirements to enable ZONE_DEVICE on the platform. Hence just
> > >>>
> > >>> ZONE_DEVICE is about more than just altmap support, no?
> > >>
> > >> Hot plugging the memory into a dev->numa_node's ZONE_DEVICE and initializing the
> > >> struct pages for it has stand alone and self contained use case. The driver could
> > >> just want to manage the memory itself but with struct pages either in the RAM or
> > >> in the device memory range through struct vmem_altmap. The driver may not choose
> > >> to opt for HMM, FS DAX, P2PDMA (use cases of ZONE_DEVICE) where it may have to
> > >> map these pages into any user pagetable which would necessitate support for
> > >> pte|pmd|pud_devmap.
> > >
> > > What's left for ZONE_DEVICE if none of the above cases are used?
> > >
> > >> Though I am still working towards getting HMM, FS DAX, P2PDMA enabled on arm64,
> > >> IMHO ZONE_DEVICE is self contained and can be evaluated in itself.
> > >
> > > I'm not convinced. What's the specific use case.
> >
> > The fundamental "roadmap" reason we've been doing this is to enable
> > further NVDIMM/pmem development (libpmem/Qemu/etc.) on arm64. The fact
> > that ZONE_DEVICE immediately opens the door to the various other stuff
> > that the CCIX folks have interest in is a definite bonus, so it would
> > certainly be preferable to get arm64 on par with the current state of
> > things rather than try to subdivide the scope further.
> >
> > I started working on this from the ZONE_DEVICE end, but got bogged down
> > in trying to replace my copied-from-s390 dummy hot-remove implementation
> > with something proper. Anshuman has stepped in to help with hot-remove
> > (since we also have cloud folks wanting that for its own sake), so is
> > effectively coming at the problem from the opposite direction, and I'll
> > be the first to admit that we've not managed the greatest job of meeting
> > in the middle and coordinating our upstream story; sorry about that :)
> >
> > Let me freshen up my devmap patches and post them properly, since that
> > discussion doesn't have to happen in the context of hot-remove; they're
> > effectively just parallel dependencies for ZONE_DEVICE.
> 
> Sounds good. It's also worth noting that Ira's recent patches for
> supporting get_user_pages_fast() for "longterm" pins relies on
> PTE_DEVMAP to determine when fast-GUP is safe to proceed, or whether
> it needs to fall back to slow-GUP. So it really is the case that
> "devmap" support is an assumption for ZONE_DEVICE.

Could you cc me on the patches when you post?

Thanks,
Ira

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