[PATCH v3 1/4] iommu: Add gfp parameter to iommu_ops::map

Rob Clark robdclark at gmail.com
Tue Jun 4 14:24:42 PDT 2019

On Tue, Jun 4, 2019 at 11:11 AM Robin Murphy <robin.murphy at arm.com> wrote:
> On 06/05/2019 19:52, Tom Murphy wrote:
> > Add a gfp_t parameter to the iommu_ops::map function.
> > Remove the needless locking in the AMD iommu driver.
> >
> > The iommu_ops::map function (or the iommu_map function which calls it)
> > was always supposed to be sleepable (according to Joerg's comment in
> > this thread: https://lore.kernel.org/patchwork/patch/977520/ ) and so
> > should probably have had a "might_sleep()" since it was written. However
> > currently the dma-iommu api can call iommu_map in an atomic context,
> > which it shouldn't do. This doesn't cause any problems because any iommu
> > driver which uses the dma-iommu api uses gfp_atomic in it's
> > iommu_ops::map function. But doing this wastes the memory allocators
> > atomic pools.
> Hmm, in some cases iommu_ops::unmap may need to allocate as well,
> primarily if it needs to split a hugepage mapping. Should we pass flags
> through there as well, or are we prepared to assume that that case will
> happen rarely enough that it's fair to just assume GFP_ATOMIC? It won't
> happen for DMA ops, but it's conceivable that other users such as GPU
> drivers might make partial unmaps, and I doubt we could totally rule out
> the wackiest ones doing so from non-sleeping contexts.

jfyi, today we (well, drm/msm) only unmap entire buffers, so assuming
there isn't any coelescense of adjacent buffers that happen to form a
hugepage on ::map(), we are probably ok on ::unmap()..

we do always only call ::map or ::unmap under sleepable conditions.

btw, would it be simpler to just make gfp_t a domain a attribute?
That seems like it would be less churn, but maybe I'm overlooking


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