[PATCH V4 0/6] RCU get_user_pages_fast and __get_user_pages_fast

Mark Rutland mark.rutland at arm.com
Fri Feb 27 05:20:00 PST 2015

Hi Jon,

Steve is currently away, but should be back in the office next week.

On Fri, Feb 27, 2015 at 12:42:30PM +0000, Jon Masters wrote:
> On 09/26/2014 10:03 AM, Steve Capper wrote:
> > This series implements general forms of get_user_pages_fast and
> > __get_user_pages_fast in core code 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
> > implementation.
> > 
> > This series may also be beneficial for direct-IO heavy workloads and
> > certain KVM workloads.
> > 
> > I appreciate that the merge window is coming very soon, and am posting
> > this revision on the off-chance that it gets the nod for 3.18. (The changes
> > thus far have been minimal and the feedback I've got has been mainly
> > positive).
> Head's up: these patches are currently implicated in a rare-to-trigger
> hang that we are seeing on an internal kernel. An extensive effort is
> underway to confirm whether these are the cause. Will followup.

I'm currently investigating an intermittent memory corruption issue in
v4.0-rc1 I'm able to trigger on Seattle with 4K pages and 48-bit VA,
which may or may not be related. Sometimes it results in a hang (when
the vectors get corrupted and the CPUs get caught in a recursive
exception loop).

Which architecture(s) are you hitting this on?

Which configurations configuration(s)?

What are you using to tickle the issue?


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