[RFC PATCH v3 1/2] mempinfd: Add new syscall to provide memory pin

Matthew Wilcox willy at infradead.org
Sun Feb 7 20:30:56 EST 2021

On Sun, Feb 07, 2021 at 10:24:28PM +0000, Song Bao Hua (Barry Song) wrote:
> > > In high-performance I/O cases, accelerators might want to perform
> > > I/O on a memory without IO page faults which can result in dramatically
> > > increased latency. Current memory related APIs could not achieve this
> > > requirement, e.g. mlock can only avoid memory to swap to backup device,
> > > page migration can still trigger IO page fault.
> > 
> > Well ... we have two requirements.  The application wants to not take
> > page faults.  The system wants to move the application to a different
> > NUMA node in order to optimise overall performance.  Why should the
> > application's desires take precedence over the kernel's desires?  And why
> > should it be done this way rather than by the sysadmin using numactl to
> > lock the application to a particular node?
> NUMA balancer is just one of many reasons for page migration. Even one
> simple alloc_pages() can cause memory migration in just single NUMA
> node or UMA system.
> The other reasons for page migration include but are not limited to:
> * memory move due to CMA
> * memory move due to huge pages creation
> Hardly we can ask users to disable the COMPACTION, CMA and Huge Page
> in the whole system.

You're dodging the question.  Should the CMA allocation fail because
another application is using SVA?

I would say no.  The application using SVA should take the one-time
performance hit from having its memory moved around.

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