Re: PCID and TLB flushes (was: [GIT PULL] kdbus for 4.1-rc1)

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Tue Apr 28 2015 - 19:38:14 EST

On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 4:23 PM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I think we can do it without that by keeping the mapping in reverse as
> I sort of outlined -- for each cpu, store a mapping from mm to pcid.
> When things fall out of the list, no big deal.

So you do it by just having a per-cpu array of (say, 64 entries), you
now end up having to search that every time you do a task switch to
find the asid for the mm. And even then you've limited yourself to
just six bits, because doing the same for a possible full 12-bit asid
would not be possible.

It's actually much simpler if you just do it the other way.

But hey, maybe you do something clever and can figure out a good way
to do it. I'm just saying that we *have* done this before on other
architectures, and it has worked. I think ARM has another asid
implementation in arch/arm/mm/context.c. I really think it would be a
good idea to copy some existing case rather than make up a new one.
It's not like asid's are unusual. It's arguably x86 that was unusual
in _not_ having them.

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