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Date:   Tue, 12 Mar 2019 14:19:15 -0700
From:   James Bottomley <James.Bottomley@...senPartnership.com>
To:     Andrea Arcangeli <aarcange@...hat.com>
Cc:     "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>,
        Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>,
        David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, hch@...radead.org,
        kvm@...r.kernel.org, virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
        netdev@...r.kernel.org, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        peterx@...hat.com, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org, linux-parisc@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH V2 0/5] vhost: accelerate metadata access through
 vmap()

I think we might be talking past each other.  Let me try the double
flush first

On Tue, 2019-03-12 at 17:11 -0400, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 01:53:37PM -0700, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > Which means after we fix vhost to add the flush_dcache_page after
> > > kunmap, Parisc will get a double hit (but it also means Parisc
> > > was
> > > the only one of those archs needed explicit cache flushes, where
> > > vhost worked correctly so far.. so it kinds of proofs your point
> > > of
> > > giving up being the safe choice).
> > 
> > What double hit?  If there's no cache to flush then cache flush is
> > a no-op.  It's also a highly piplineable no-op because the CPU has
> > the L1 cache within easy reach.  The only event when flush takes a
> > large amount time is if we actually have dirty data to write back
> > to main memory.
> 
> The double hit is in parisc copy_to_user_page:
> 
> #define copy_to_user_page(vma, page, vaddr, dst, src, len) \
> do { \
> 	flush_cache_page(vma, vaddr, page_to_pfn(page)); \
> 	memcpy(dst, src, len); \
> 	flush_kernel_dcache_range_asm((unsigned long)dst, (unsigned
> long)dst + len); \
> } while (0)
> 
> That is executed just before kunmap:
> 
> static inline void kunmap(struct page *page)
> {
> 	flush_kernel_dcache_page_addr(page_address(page));
> }

I mean in the sequence

flush_dcache_page(page);
flush_dcache_page(page);

The first flush_dcache_page did all the work and the second it a
tightly pipelined no-op.  That's what I mean by there not really being
a double hit.

James

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