[Intel-gfx] [PATCH v3 4/7] drm/i915: Cache LRC state page in the context

Tvrtko Ursulin tvrtko.ursulin at linux.intel.com
Wed Jan 13 05:49:30 PST 2016

On 12/01/16 16:45, Dave Gordon wrote:
> On 12/01/16 13:11, Chris Wilson wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 12:54:25PM +0000, Tvrtko Ursulin wrote:
>>> On 12/01/16 12:12, Chris Wilson wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 11:56:11AM +0000, Tvrtko Ursulin wrote:
>>>>> From: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
>>>>> LRC lifetime is well defined so we can cache the page pointing
>>>>> to the object backing store in the context in order to avoid
>>>>> walking over the object SG page list from the interrupt context
>>>>> without the big lock held.
>>>>> v2: Also cache the mapping. (Chris Wilson)
>>>>> v3: Unmap on the error path.
>>>> Then we only use the lrc_state_page in the unmapping, hardly worth the
>>>> cost of saving it.
>>> Ok.
>>> Do you also know if this would now require any flushing or something
>>> if previously kunmap_atomic might have done something under the
>>> covers?
>> kmap_atomic only changes the PTE and the unmap would flush the TLB. In
>> terms of our pointer access, using kmap/kmap_atomic is equivalent. (Just
>> kmap_atomic is meant to be cheaper to set up and a limited resource
>> which can only be used without preemption.)
>>>> The reg_state is better associated with the ring (since it basically
>>>> contains the analog of the RING_HEAD and friends).
>>> Hm, not sure. The page belongs to the object from that anonymous
>>> struct in intel_context so I think it is best to keep them together.
>> The page does sure, but the state does not.
>> The result is that we get:
>> ring->registers[CTX_RING_BUFFER_STATE+1] = ring->vma->node.state;
>> ASSIGN_CTX_PDP(ppgtt, ring->registers, 3);
>> ASSIGN_CTX_PDP(ppgtt, ring->registers, 2);
>> ASSIGN_CTX_PDP(ppgtt, ring->registers, 1);
>> ASSIGN_CTX_PDP(ppgtt, ring->registers, 0);
>> ring->registers[CTX_RING_TAIL+1] = req->tail;
>> which makes a lot more sense, to me, when viewed against the underlying
>> architecture of the hardware and comparing against the legacy ringbuffer.
>> -Chris
> When you say "ring", do you mean "engine" or "ringbuffer"?
> The register state can't be associated with the engine /per se/, because
> it has to be per-context as well as per-engine. It doesn't really belong
> with the ringbuffer; in particular I've seen code for allocating the
> ringbuffer in stolen memory and dropping it during hibernation, whereas
> this register state shouldn't be lost across hibernation. So the
> lifetime of a register state image and a ringbuffer are different,
> therefore they don't belong together.
> The register state is pretty much the /definition/ of a context, in
> hardware terms. OK, it's got an HWSP and other bits, but the register
> save area is what the h/w really cares about. So it makes sense that the
> kmapping for that area is also part of (the CPU's idea of) the context.
> Yes,
>      ctx.engine[engine_id].registers[regno] = ...
> is a bit clumsy, but I'd expect to cache the register-image pointer in a
> local here, along the lines of:
>      uint32_t *registers = ctx.engine[engine_id].registers;
>      registers[CTX_RING_TAIL+1] = req->tail;
> etc.
> [aside]
> Some of this would be much less clumsy if the anonymous engine[]
> struct had a name, say, "engine_info", so we could just do
>      struct engine_info *eip = &ctx.engines[engine->id];
> once at the beginning of any per-engine function and then use
> eip->ringbuf, eip->state, eip->registers, etc without continually
> repeating the 'ctx.' and 'engine->id' bits over and over ...
> [/aside]
> Apart from that, I think Tvrtko's patch has lost the dirtying from:
>  > -    page = i915_gem_object_get_dirty_page(ctx_obj, LRC_STATE_PN);
> in execlists_update_context(), so should add
>      set_page_dirty(lrc_state_page)
> instead (and that's the use for it, so you /do/ want to cache it).

It is still there (i915_gem_object_get_dirty_page) but at the point of 
pinning, not each ctx update. Do you think that is a problem? I thought 
no one can flush and clear the dirty page while the ctx is pinned.

On the more general level, can we agree to let this fix with the pointer 
cached where it currently is (in the context) and leave the anonymous 
struct - which we all dislike - and I'd add it should probably be 
defined in intel_lrc.h - for a later cleanup?

If so I only need to respin with the struct page * caching removed.



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