[PATCH hmm 00/15] Consolidate the mmu notifier interval_tree and locking

Christian K├Ânig ckoenig.leichtzumerken at gmail.com
Wed Oct 23 09:32:16 UTC 2019

Am 23.10.19 um 11:08 schrieb Daniel Vetter:
> On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 03:01:13PM +0000, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 09:57:35AM +0200, Daniel Vetter wrote:
>>>> The unusual bit in all of this is using a lock's critical region to
>>>> 'protect' data for read, but updating that same data before the lock's
>>>> critical secion. ie relying on the unlock barrier to 'release' program
>>>> ordered stores done before the lock's own critical region, and the
>>>> lock side barrier to 'acquire' those stores.
>>> I think this unusual use of locks as barriers for other unlocked accesses
>>> deserves comments even more than just normal barriers. Can you pls add
>>> them? I think the design seeems sound ...
>>> Also the comment on the driver's lock hopefully prevents driver
>>> maintainers from moving the driver_lock around in a way that would very
>>> subtle break the scheme, so I think having the acquire barrier commented
>>> in each place would be really good.
>> There is already a lot of documentation, I think it would be helpful
>> if you could suggest some specific places where you think an addition
>> would help? I think the perspective of someone less familiar with this
>> design would really improve the documentation
> Hm I just meant the usual recommendation that "barriers must have comments
> explaining what they order, and where the other side of the barrier is".
> Using unlock/lock as a barrier imo just makes that an even better idea.
> Usually what I do is something like "we need to order $this against $that
> below, and the other side of this barrier is in function()." With maybe a
> bit more if it's not obvious how things go wrong if the orderin is broken.
> Ofc seqlock.h itself skimps on that rule and doesn't bother explaining its
> barriers :-/
>> I've been tempted to force the driver to store the seq number directly
>> under the driver lock - this makes the scheme much clearer, ie
>> something like this:
>> diff --git a/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau_svm.c b/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau_svm.c
>> index 712c99918551bc..738fa670dcfb19 100644
>> --- a/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau_svm.c
>> +++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/nouveau/nouveau_svm.c
>> @@ -488,7 +488,8 @@ struct svm_notifier {
>>   };
>>   static bool nouveau_svm_range_invalidate(struct mmu_range_notifier *mrn,
>> -                                        const struct mmu_notifier_range *range)
>> +                                        const struct mmu_notifier_range *range,
>> +                                        unsigned long seq)
>>   {
>>          struct svm_notifier *sn =
>>                  container_of(mrn, struct svm_notifier, notifier);
>> @@ -504,6 +505,7 @@ static bool nouveau_svm_range_invalidate(struct mmu_range_notifier *mrn,
>>                  mutex_lock(&sn->svmm->mutex);
>>          else if (!mutex_trylock(&sn->svmm->mutex))
>>                  return false;
>> +       mmu_range_notifier_update_seq(mrn, seq);
>>          mutex_unlock(&sn->svmm->mutex);
>>          return true;
>>   }
>> At the cost of making the driver a bit more complex, what do you
>> think?
> Hm, spinning this further ... could we initialize the mmu range notifier
> with a pointer to the driver lock, so that we could put a
> lockdep_assert_held into mmu_range_notifier_update_seq? I think that would
> make this scheme substantially more driver-hacker proof :-)

Going another step further.... what hinders us to put the lock into the 
mmu range notifier itself and have _lock()/_unlock() helpers?

I mean having the lock in the driver only makes sense when the driver 
would be using the same lock for multiple things, e.g. multiple MMU 
range notifiers under the same lock. But I really don't see that use 
case here.


> Cheers, Daniel

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