Re: [BUG] random kernel crashes after THP rework on s390 (maybe also on PowerPC and ARM)
From: Will Deacon
Date: Wed Feb 24 2016 - 06:02:25 EST
On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:51:47AM +0100, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
> On 02/24/2016 11:41 AM, Will Deacon wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 11:16:34AM +0100, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
> >> Without that fix we would clearly have stale tlb entries, no?
> > Yes, but AFAIU the sequence on arm64 is:
> > 1. trans huge mapping (block mapping in arm64 speak)
> > 2. faulting entry (pmd_mknotpresent)
> > 3. tlb invalidation
> > 4. table entry mapping the same pages as (1).
> > so if the microarchitecture we're on can tolerate a mixture of block
> > mappings and page mappings mapping the same VA to the same PA, then the
> > lack of TLB maintenance would go unnoticed. There are certainly systems
> > where that could cause an issue, but I believe the one I've been testing
> > on would be ok.
> So in essence you say it does not matter that you flush the wrong range in
> flush_pmd_tlb_range as long as it will be flushed later on when the pages
> really go away. Yes, then it really might be ok for arm64.
Indeed, although that's a property of the microarchitecture I'm using
rather than an architectural guarantee so the code should certainly be