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Date:   Sat, 4 Jul 2020 23:40:55 -0700
From:   Andrei Vagin <>
To:     Catalin Marinas <>,
        Will Deacon <>
        Vincenzo Frascino <>,
        Mark Rutland <>,
        Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Dmitry Safonov <>,
        Christian Brauner <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v5 0/6] arm64: add the time namespace support

On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 01:33:15AM -0700, Andrei Vagin wrote:
> Allocate the time namespace page among VVAR pages and add the logic
> to handle faults on VVAR properly.
> If a task belongs to a time namespace then the VVAR page which contains
> the system wide VDSO data is replaced with a namespace specific page
> which has the same layout as the VVAR page. That page has vdso_data->seq
> set to 1 to enforce the slow path and vdso_data->clock_mode set to
> VCLOCK_TIMENS to enforce the time namespace handling path.
> The extra check in the case that vdso_data->seq is odd, e.g. a concurrent
> update of the VDSO data is in progress, is not really affecting regular
> tasks which are not part of a time namespace as the task is spin waiting
> for the update to finish and vdso_data->seq to become even again.
> If a time namespace task hits that code path, it invokes the corresponding
> time getter function which retrieves the real VVAR page, reads host time
> and then adds the offset for the requested clock which is stored in the
> special VVAR page.

> v2: Code cleanups suggested by Vincenzo.
> v3: add a comment in __arch_get_timens_vdso_data.
> v4: - fix an issue reported by the lkp robot.
>     - vvar has the same size with/without CONFIG_TIME_NAMESPACE, but the
>       timens page isn't allocated on !CONFIG_TIME_NAMESPACE. This
>       simplifies criu/vdso migration between different kernel configs.
> v5: - Code cleanups suggested by Mark Rutland.
>     - In vdso_join_timens, mmap_write_lock is downgraded to
>       mmap_read_lock. The VMA list isn't changed there, zap_page_range
>       doesn't require mmap_write_lock.
> Reviewed-by: Vincenzo Frascino <>
> Reviewed-by: Dmitry Safonov <>

Hello Will and Catalin,

Have you had a chance to look at this patch set? I think it is ready to be
merged. Let me know if you have any questions.


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