[Intel-gfx] [PATCH v4 4/4] drm/i915: Fix premature LRC unpin in GuC mode

Tvrtko Ursulin tvrtko.ursulin at linux.intel.com
Thu Jan 21 05:51:30 PST 2016

On 21/01/16 12:32, Chris Wilson wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2016 at 12:14:10PM +0000, Tvrtko Ursulin wrote:
>> From: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
>> In GuC mode LRC pinning lifetime depends exclusively on the
>> request liftime. Since that is terminated by the seqno update
>> that opens up a race condition between GPU finishing writing
>> out the context image and the driver unpinning the LRC.
>> To extend the LRC lifetime we will employ a similar approach
>> to what legacy ringbuffer submission does.
>> We will start tracking the last submitted context per engine
>> and keep it pinned until it is replaced by another one.
>> Note that the driver unload path is a bit fragile and could
>> benefit greatly from efforts to unify the legacy and exec
>> list submission code paths.
>> At the moment i915_gem_context_fini has special casing for the
>> two which are potentialy not needed, and also depends on
>> i915_gem_cleanup_ringbuffer running before itself.
>> v2:
>>   * Move pinning into engine->emit_request and actually fix
>>     the reference/unreference logic. (Chris Wilson)
>>   * ring->dev can be NULL on driver unload so use a different
>>     route towards it.
>> v3:
>>   * Rebase.
>>   * Handle the reset path. (Chris Wilson)
>>   * Exclude default context from the pinning - it is impossible
>>     to get it right before default context special casing in
>>     general is eliminated.
>> v4:
>>   * Rebased & moved context tracking to
>>     intel_logical_ring_advance_and_submit.
>> Signed-off-by: Tvrtko Ursulin <tvrtko.ursulin at intel.com>
>> Issue: VIZ-4277
>> Cc: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>
>> Cc: Nick Hoath <nicholas.hoath at intel.com>
> Whilst it saddens me to see yet another (impossible) special case added
> that will just have to be deleted again, the series is
> Reviewed-by: Chris Wilson <chris at chris-wilson.co.uk>

Thanks and sorry, hopefully it will get cleanup up soon. There seems to 
be a growing number of people who want it done.

And I still need to get back to your VMA rewrite and breadcrumbs would 
be nice as well.

> I wonder if it is possible to poison the context objects before and
> after, then do a deferred check for stray writes, and use that mode for
> igt/gem_ctx_* (with some tests targetting active->idle vs
> context-close). Would still be susceptible to timing as we need to
> hit the interval between the seqno being complete and the delayed context
> save, but that seems like the most reliable way to detect the error?

First it needs to be tested with GuC to check that it actually fixes the 
issue. And pass CI of course.

But I can't really figure where would you put this poisoning? You could 
put something in in exec list mode after context complete and check it 
before it is used next time, but I did not think we can hit this in exec 
list mode, only in GuC. You think it is possible?

And in GuC mode I have no idea at which point you would put "poisoning" in?



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