[Linaro-mm-sig] [PATCH 04/18] dma-fence: prime lockdep annotations

Felix Kuehling felix.kuehling at amd.com
Thu Jun 11 23:35:35 UTC 2020

Am 2020-06-11 um 10:15 a.m. schrieb Jason Gunthorpe:
> On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 10:34:30AM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
>>> I still have my doubts about allowing fence waiting from within shrinkers.
>>> IMO ideally they should use a trywait approach, in order to allow memory
>>> allocation during command submission for drivers that
>>> publish fences before command submission. (Since early reservation object
>>> release requires that).
>> Yeah it is a bit annoying, e.g. for drm/scheduler I think we'll end up
>> with a mempool to make sure it can handle it's allocations.
>>> But since drivers are already waiting from within shrinkers and I take your
>>> word for HMM requiring this,
>> Yeah the big trouble is HMM and mmu notifiers. That's the really awkward
>> one, the shrinker one is a lot less established.
> I really question if HW that needs something like DMA fence should
> even be using mmu notifiers - the best use is HW that can fence the
> DMA directly without having to get involved with some command stream
> processing.
> Or at the very least it should not be a generic DMA fence but a
> narrowed completion tied only into the same GPU driver's command
> completion processing which should be able to progress without
> blocking.
> The intent of notifiers was never to endlessly block while vast
> amounts of SW does work.
> Going around and switching everything in a GPU to GFP_ATOMIC seems
> like bad idea.
>> I've pinged a bunch of armsoc gpu driver people and ask them how much this
>> hurts, so that we have a clear answer. On x86 I don't think we have much
>> of a choice on this, with userptr in amd and i915 and hmm work in nouveau
>> (but nouveau I think doesn't use dma_fence in there). 

Soon nouveau will get company. We're working on a recoverable page fault
implementation for HMM in amdgpu where we'll need to update page tables
using the GPUs SDMA engine and wait for corresponding fences in MMU


> Right, nor will RDMA ODP. 
> Jason
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