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Date:   Wed, 20 May 2020 17:54:46 -0700
From:   Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
To:     maobibo <maobibo@...ngson.cn>
Cc:     Thomas Bogendoerfer <tsbogend@...ha.franken.de>,
        Jiaxun Yang <jiaxun.yang@...goat.com>,
        Huacai Chen <chenhc@...ote.com>,
        Paul Burton <paulburton@...nel.org>,
        Dmitry Korotin <dkorotin@...ecomp.com>,
        Philippe Mathieu-Daudé <f4bug@...at.org>,
        Stafford Horne <shorne@...il.com>,
        Steven Price <steven.price@....com>,
        Anshuman Khandual <anshuman.khandual@....com>,
        linux-mips@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Mike Rapoport <rppt@...ux.ibm.com>,
        Sergei Shtylyov <sergei.shtylyov@...entembedded.com>,
        "Maciej W. Rozycki" <macro@....com>, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        David Hildenbrand <david@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 2/4] mm/memory.c: Update local TLB if PTE entry
 exists

On Wed, 20 May 2020 14:39:13 +0800 maobibo <maobibo@...ngson.cn> wrote:

> > I'm still worried about the impact on other architectures.  The
> > additional update_mmu_cache() calls won't occur only when multiple
> > threads are racing against the same page, I think?  For example,
> > insert_pfn() will do this when making a read-only page a writable one.
> How about defining ptep_set_access_flags function like this on mips system?
> which is the same on riscv platform.
> 
> static inline int ptep_set_access_flags(struct vm_area_struct *vma,
> 					unsigned long address, pte_t *ptep,
> 					pte_t entry, int dirty)
> {
> 	if (!pte_same(*ptep, entry))
> 		set_pte_at(vma->vm_mm, address, ptep, entry);
> 	/*
> 	 * update_mmu_cache will unconditionally execute, handling both
> 	 * the case that the PTE changed and the spurious fault case.
> 	 */
> 	return true;
> }
> 

hm, it seems a bit abusive - ptep_set_access_flags() is supposed to
return true if the pte changed, and that isn't the case here.

I suppose we could run update_mmu_cache() directly from
ptep_set_access_flags() if we're about to return false, but that
doesn't seem a lot nicer?

> > Would you have time to add some instrumentation into update_mmu_cache()
> > (maybe a tracepoint) and see what effect this change has upon the
> > frequency at which update_mmu_cache() is called for a selection of
> > workloads?  And add this info to the changelog to set minds at ease?
>
> OK, I will add some instrumentation data in the changelog.

Well, if this testing shows no effect as you expect, perhaps we can
leave the code as-is.

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