Re: [RFC PATCH] userfaultfd: Add feature to request for a signal delivery

From: Andrea Arcangeli
Date: Tue Jul 04 2017 - 12:40:40 EST

On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 05:55:08PM -0700, prakash sangappa wrote:
> Interesting that UFFDIO_COPY is faster then fallocate(). In the DB use case
> the page does not need to be allocated at the time a process trips on
> the hugetlbfs
> file hole and receives SIGBUS. fallocate() is called on the hugetlbfs file,
> when more memory needs to be allocated by a separate process.

The major difference is that with UFFDIO_COPY the hugepage will be
immediately mapped into the virtual address without requiring any
further minor fault. So it's ideal if you could arrange to call
UFFDIO_COPY from the same process that is going to touch and use the
hugetlbfs data immediately after. You would eliminate a minor fault
that way.

UFFDIO_COPY at least for anon was measured to perform better than a
regular page fault too.

> Regarding hugetlbfs mount option, one consideration is to allow mounts of
> hugetlbfs inside user namespaces's mount namespace. Which would allow
> non privileged processes to mount hugetlbfs for use inside a user
> namespace.
> This may be needed even for the 'min_size' mount option using which an
> application could reserve huge pages and mount a filesystem for its use,
> with out the need to have privileges given the system has enough hugepages
> configured. It seems if non privileged processes are allowed to mount
> hugetlbfs
> filesystem, then min_size should be subject to some resource limits.
> Mounting inside user namespace will be a different patch proposal later.

There's no particular reason to make UFFDIO_FEATURE_SIGBUS a
privileged op unless we want to eliminate the branch with the static
key, so it's certainly simpler than dealing with hugetlbfs min_size

I'm positive about the UFFDIO_FEATURE_SIGBUS tradeoffs, but others
feel free to comment.

If you could make second patch to extend the selftest to exercise and
validates UFFDIO_FEATURE_SIGBUS in anon/shmem/hugetlbfs it'd be great.