[PATCH] drm/ttm: fix two regressions since move_notify changes

Thomas Hellstrom thomas at shipmail.org
Wed Jan 25 09:19:33 PST 2012

On 01/25/2012 04:37 PM, Jerome Glisse wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM, Ben Skeggs<skeggsb at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> On Wed, 2012-01-25 at 15:33 +0100, Thomas Hellstrom wrote:
>>> On 01/25/2012 10:41 AM, Ben Skeggs wrote:
>>>> My main concern is that we blindly and unnecessarily set up GPU bindings and
>>>> end up with unnecessary code in TTM, and furthermore that we communicate
>>>> that bad practice to future driver writers.
>>>> This "unnecessary code" is like 5 lines of cleanup if something fails,
>>>> hardly anything to be jumping up and down about :)
>>> It's just not TTM's business, unless the GPU maps are mappable by the
>>> CPU as well.
>>> Also, What if the mapping setup in move_notify() fails?
>> It can't fail, and well, in nouveau's implementation it never will.
>> It's simply a "fill the ptes for all the vmas currently associated with
>> a bo".
>> And well, it's about as much TTM's business as VRAM aperture allocation
>> is..  I don't see the big deal, if you wan't to do it a different way in
>> your driver, there's nothing stopping you.  It's a lot of bother for
>> essentially zero effort in TTM..
>>>>> Thomas, what do you suggest to move forward with this? Both of these
>>>>> bugs are serious regressions that make nouveau unusable with the current
>>>>> 3.3-rc series. Ben.
>>>>> My number one choice would of course be to have the drivers set up their
>>>>> private GPU mappings after a
>>>>> successful validate call, as I originally suggested and you agreed to.
>>>>> If that's not possible (I realize it's late in the release series), I'll
>>>>> ack this patch if you and Jerome agree not to block
>>>>> attempts to move in that direction for future kernel releases.
>>>> I can't say I'm entirely happy with the plan honestly.  To me, it still
>>>> seems more efficient to handle this when a move happens (comparatively
>>>> rare) and "map new backing storage into every vm that has a reference"
>>>> than to (on every single buffer of every single "exec" call) go "is this
>>>> buffer mapped into this channel's vm? yes, ok; no, lets go map it".
>>>> I'm not even sure how exactly I plan on storing this mapping efficiently
>>>> yet.. Scanning the BO's linked list of VMs it's mapped into for "if
>>>> (this_vma == chan->vma)" doesn't exactly sound performant.
>>> As previously suggested, in the simplest case a bo could have a 'needs
>>> remap' flag
>>> that is set on gpu map teardown on move_notify(), and when this flag is
>>> detected in validate,
>>> go ahead and set up all needed maps and clear that flag.
>>> This is the simplest case and more or less equivalent to the current
>>> solution, except
>>> maps aren't set up unless needed by at least one channel and there is a
>>> clear way
>>> to handle errors when GPU maps are set up.
>> Yes, right.  That can be done, and gives exactly the same functionality
>> as I *already* achieve with move_notify() but apparently have to change
>> just because you've decided nouveau/radeon are both doing the
>> WrongThing(tm).
>> Anyhow, I care more that 3.3 works than how it works.  So, whatever.  If
>> I must agree to this in order to get a regression fix in, then I guess I
>> really have no choice in the matter.
>> Ben.
>>> A simple and straightforward fix that leaves the path open (if so
>>> desired) to
>>> handle finer channel granularity.
>>> Or am I missing something?
> I went over the code and Ben fix is ok with me, i need to test it a
> bit on radeon side.
> For long term solution why not just move most of the
> ttm_bo_handle_move_mem to the driver. It would obsolete the
> move_notify callback. move notify callback was introduced because in
> some case the driver never knew directly that a bo moved. It's obvious
> that driver need to know every time. So instead of having an ha-doc
> function for that. Let just move the handle move stuff into the
> driver. Yes there will be some code duplication but it will avoid
> anykind of weird error path and driver will be able to perform what
> ever make sense.

Yes, this is a solution that eliminates the need for TTM to support private
GPU map setup. Code duplication can largely be avoided if we
collect common code in a small utility function.


> Cheers,
> Jerome

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