[PATCH v3 hmm 02/11] mm/mmu_notifiers: do not speculatively allocate a mmu_notifier_mm

Christoph Hellwig hch at lst.de
Thu Aug 8 10:26:52 UTC 2019

On Tue, Aug 06, 2019 at 08:15:39PM -0300, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> From: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg at mellanox.com>
> A prior commit e0f3c3f78da2 ("mm/mmu_notifier: init notifier if necessary")
> made an attempt at doing this, but had to be reverted as calling
> the GFP_KERNEL allocator under the i_mmap_mutex causes deadlock, see
> commit 35cfa2b0b491 ("mm/mmu_notifier: allocate mmu_notifier in advance").
> However, we can avoid that problem by doing the allocation only under
> the mmap_sem, which is already happening.
> Since all writers to mm->mmu_notifier_mm hold the write side of the
> mmap_sem reading it under that sem is deterministic and we can use that to
> decide if the allocation path is required, without speculation.
> The actual update to mmu_notifier_mm must still be done under the
> mm_take_all_locks() to ensure read-side coherency.
> Signed-off-by: Jason Gunthorpe <jgg at mellanox.com>

Looks good,

Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch at lst.de>

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