Re: [PATCH 1/5] mm: Introduce mm_struct.has_pinned
From: Jason Gunthorpe
Date: Tue Sep 22 2020 - 12:10:51 EST
On Tue, Sep 22, 2020 at 11:17:36AM -0400, Peter Xu wrote:
> > But it's admittedly a cosmetic point, combined with my perennial fear that
> > I'm missing something when I look at a READ_ONCE()/WRITE_ONCE() pair. :)
> Yeah but I hope I'm using it right.. :) I used READ_ONCE/WRITE_ONCE explicitly
> because I think they're cheaper than atomic operations, (which will, iiuc, lock
> the bus).
It is worth thinking a bit about racing fork with
pin_user_pages(). The desired outcome is:
If fork wins the page is write protected, and pin_user_pages_fast()
will COW it.
If pin_user_pages_fast() wins then fork must see the READ_ONCE and
As get_user_pages_fast() is lockless it looks like the ordering has to
be like this:
ordered check write protect()
ordered set write protect()
Such that in all the degenerate racy cases the outcome is that both
sides COW, never neither.
Thus I think it does have to be atomics purely from an ordering
perspective, observing an increased _refcount requires that has_pinned
!= 0 if we are pinning.
So, to make this 100% this ordering will need to be touched up too.