Re: [PATCH] vhost: support upto 509 memory regions

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Tue Feb 17 2015 - 07:32:20 EST

On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 11:59:48AM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 17/02/2015 10:02, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > Increasing VHOST_MEMORY_MAX_NREGIONS from 65 to 509
> > > to match KVM_USER_MEM_SLOTS fixes issue for vhost-net.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Igor Mammedov <imammedo@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > This scares me a bit: each region is 32byte, we are talking
> > a 16K allocation that userspace can trigger.
> What's bad with a 16K allocation?

It fails when memory is fragmented.

> > How does kvm handle this issue?
> It doesn't.
> Paolo

I'm guessing kvm doesn't do memory scans on data path,
vhost does.

qemu is just doing things that kernel didn't expect it to need.

Instead, I suggest reducing number of GPA<->HVA mappings:

you have GPA 1,5,7
map them at HVA 11,15,17
then you can have 1 slot: 1->11

To avoid libc reusing the memory holes, reserve them with MAP_NORESERVE
or something like this.

We can discuss smarter lookup algorithms but I'd rather
userspace didn't do things that we then have to
work around in kernel.

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