Re: [PATCH] x86/mm/pti: in pti_clone_pgtable() don't increase addr by PUD_SIZE

From: Song Liu
Date: Tue Aug 20 2019 - 10:14:32 EST

> On Aug 20, 2019, at 6:57 AM, Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 8/20/19 12:51 AM, Song Liu wrote:
>> In our x86_64 kernel, pti_clone_pgtable() fails to clone 7 PMDs because
>> of this issuse, including PMD for the irq entry table. For a memcache
>> like workload, this introduces about 4.5x more iTLB-load and about 2.5x
>> more iTLB-load-misses on a Skylake CPU.
> I was surprised that this manifests as a performance issue. Usually
> messing up PTI page table manipulation means you get to experience the
> jobs of debugging triple faults. But, it makes sense if its this line:
> /*
> * Note that this will undo _some_ of the work that
> * pti_set_kernel_image_nonglobal() did to clear the
> * global bit.
> */
> pti_clone_pgtable(start, end_clone, PTI_LEVEL_KERNEL_IMAGE);
> which is restoring the Global bit.
> *But*, that shouldn't get hit on a Skylake CPU since those have PCIDs
> and shouldn't have a global kernel image. Could you confirm whether
> PCIDs are supported on this CPU?

Yes, pcid is listed in /proc/cpuinfo.