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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] grant-table: don't set m2p override if kmap_ops is not set
On 05/11/13 20:53, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Matt Wilson <> writes:
>> On Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 05:03:58PM +0100, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
>>> On 05/11/13 16:08, Ian Campbell wrote:
>>>> On Tue, 2013-11-05 at 16:01 +0100, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
>>>>> On 05/11/13 15:56, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, Nov 05, 2013 at 03:47:08PM +0100, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
>>>>>>> On 05/11/13 13:36, David Vrabel wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 05/11/13 11:24, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
>>>>>>>>> IMHO there's no reason to set a m2p override if the mapping is done in
>>>>>>>>> kernel space, so only set the m2p override when kmap_ops is set.
>>>>>>>> Can you provide a more detailed reasoning about why this is safe?
>>>>>>> To tell the truth, I don't understand why we need to use the m2p
>>>>>>> override for kernel space only mappings, my understanding is that this
>>>>>>> m2p override is needed for user space mappings only (where we actually
>>>>>>> end up doing two mappings, one in kernel space and one in user space).
>>>>>>> For kernel space I don't see why we need to do anything else than
>>>>>>> setting the right p2m translation.
>>>>>> We needed the m2p when doing DMA operations. As the driver would
>>>>>> want the bus address (so p2m) and then when unmapping the DMA we
>>>>>> only get the bus address - so we needed to do a m2p lookup.

No. A m2p lookup should not be needed for DMA unmap.

We only need the p2m lookup on DMA map to get the bus address -- there's
should be nothing to do on the unmap.

However, there is dma_mark_clean(phys_to_virt(phys), size) call in
xen_unmap_single() which would require the m2p lookup but this call is
not necessary as dma_mark_clean() is a no-op for anything except ia64
and we do not care about ia64.

>>>>> OK, we need a m2p (that we already have in machine_to_phys_mapping),
>>>>> what I don't understand is why we need the m2p override.
>>>> The m2p is a host global table.
>>>> For a foreign page grant mapped into the current domain the m2p will
>>>> give you the foreign (owner) domain's p from the m, not the local one.
>>> Yes, you are completely right, then I have to figure out why blkback
>>> works fine with this patch applied (or at least it seems to work fine).
>> blkback also works for me when testing a similar patch. I'm still
>> confused. One thing with your proposed patch: I'm not sure that you're
>> putting back the correct mfn.

Matt, Anthony, I presume you have profiling results or performance data
that support this proposed change? Can you provide them?

> It's perfectly fine to store a foreign pfn in the m2p table. The m2p
> override table is used by the grant device to allow a reverse lookup of
> the real mfn to a pfn even if it's foreign.
> blkback doesn't actually need this though. This was introduced in:
> commit 5dc03639cc903f887931831d69895facb5260f4b
> Author: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <>
> Date: Tue Mar 1 16:46:45 2011 -0500
> xen/blkback: Utilize the M2P override mechanism for GNTMAP_host_map
> Purely as an optimization. In practice though due to lock contention it
> slows things down.

The full changeset description for this change doesn't make sense to me.

xen/blkback: Utilize the M2P override mechanism for GNTMAP_host_map

Instead of doing copy grants lets do mapping grants using
the M2P(and P2M) override mechanism.

As all it is doing is replacing set_phys_to_machine() calls with

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