[PATH V2 0/6] RCU get_user_pages_fast and __get_user_pages_fast

Steve Capper steve.capper at linaro.org
Thu Aug 21 08:43:26 PDT 2014

This series implements general forms of get_user_pages_fast and
__get_user_pages_fast and activates them for arm and arm64.

These are required for Transparent HugePages to function correctly, as
a futex on a THP tail will otherwise result in an infinite loop (due to
the core implementation of __get_user_pages_fast always returning 0).

Unfortunately, a futex on THP tail can be quite common for certain
workloads; thus THP is unreliable without a __get_user_pages_fast

This series may also be beneficial for direct-IO heavy workloads and
certain KVM workloads.

Changes since PATCH V1 are:
 * Rebase to 3.17-rc1
 * Switched to kick_all_cpus_sync as suggested by Mark Rutland.

The main changes since RFC V5 are:
 * Rebased against 3.16-rc1.
 * pmd_present no longer tested for by gup_huge_pmd and gup_huge_pud,
   because the entry must be present for these leaf functions to be
 * Rather than assume puds can be re-cast as pmds, a separate
   function pud_write is instead used by the core gup.
 * ARM activation logic changed, now it will only activate
   RCU_TABLE_FREE and RCU_GUP when running with LPAE.

The main changes since RFC V4 are:
 * corrected the arm64 logic so it now correctly rcu-frees page
   table backing pages.
 * rcu free logic relaxed for pre-ARMv7 ARM as we need an IPI to
   invalidate TLBs anyway.
 * rebased to 3.15-rc3 (some minor changes were needed to allow it to merge).
 * dropped Catalin's mmu_gather patch as that's been merged already.

This series has been tested with LTP mm tests and some custom futex tests
that exacerbate the futex on THP tail case; on both an Arndale board and
a Juno board. Also debug counters were temporarily employed to ensure that
the RCU_TABLE_FREE logic was behaving as expected.

I would really appreciate any comments (especially on the validity or
otherwise of the core fast_gup implementation) and testers.


Steve Capper (6):
  mm: Introduce a general RCU get_user_pages_fast.
  arm: mm: Introduce special ptes for LPAE
  arm: mm: Enable HAVE_RCU_TABLE_FREE logic
  arm: mm: Enable RCU fast_gup
  arm64: mm: Enable HAVE_RCU_TABLE_FREE logic
  arm64: mm: Enable RCU fast_gup

 arch/arm/Kconfig                      |   5 +
 arch/arm/include/asm/pgtable-2level.h |   2 +
 arch/arm/include/asm/pgtable-3level.h |  15 ++
 arch/arm/include/asm/pgtable.h        |   6 +-
 arch/arm/include/asm/tlb.h            |  38 ++++-
 arch/arm/mm/flush.c                   |  15 ++
 arch/arm64/Kconfig                    |   4 +
 arch/arm64/include/asm/pgtable.h      |  11 +-
 arch/arm64/include/asm/tlb.h          |  20 ++-
 arch/arm64/mm/flush.c                 |  15 ++
 mm/Kconfig                            |   3 +
 mm/gup.c                              | 278 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 12 files changed, 402 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)


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