Re: [PATCH V3] powerpc/thp: Serialize pmd clear against a linux page table walk.

From: Aneesh Kumar K.V
Date: Mon May 11 2015 - 04:54:36 EST

"Kirill A. Shutemov" <kirill@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 11:56:01AM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
>> Serialize against find_linux_pte_or_hugepte which does lock-less
>> lookup in page tables with local interrupts disabled. For huge pages
>> it casts pmd_t to pte_t. Since format of pte_t is different from
>> pmd_t we want to prevent transit from pmd pointing to page table
>> to pmd pointing to huge page (and back) while interrupts are disabled.
>> We clear pmd to possibly replace it with page table pointer in
>> different code paths. So make sure we wait for the parallel
>> find_linux_pte_or_hugepage to finish.
>> Without this patch, a find_linux_pte_or_hugepte running in parallel to
>> __split_huge_zero_page_pmd or do_huge_pmd_wp_page_fallback or zap_huge_pmd
>> can run into the above issue. With __split_huge_zero_page_pmd and
>> do_huge_pmd_wp_page_fallback we clear the hugepage pte before inserting
>> the pmd entry with a regular pgtable address. Such a clear need to
>> wait for the parallel find_linux_pte_or_hugepte to finish.
>> With zap_huge_pmd, we can run into issues, with a hugepage pte
>> getting zapped due to a MADV_DONTNEED while other cpu fault it
>> in as small pages.
>> Reported-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Reviewed-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> CC: stable@ ?

Yes, We also need to pick,


But that may need me to a backport, because we have dependencies in kvm
and a cherry-pick may not work.

Will work with Michael Ellerman to find out what needs to be done.


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