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SubjectRe: [PATCH 14/15] mm: numa: Flush TLB if NUMA hinting faults race with PTE scan update
On 12/03/2013 06:46 PM, Mel Gorman wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 03, 2013 at 06:07:06PM -0500, Rik van Riel wrote:
>> On 12/03/2013 03:52 AM, Mel Gorman wrote:
>>> NUMA PTE updates and NUMA PTE hinting faults can race against each other. The
>>> setting of the NUMA bit defers the TLB flush to reduce overhead. NUMA
>>> hinting faults do not flush the TLB as X86 at least does not cache TLB
>>> entries for !present PTEs. However, in the event that the two race a NUMA
>>> hinting fault may return with the TLB in an inconsistent state between
>>> different processors. This patch detects potential for races between the
>>> NUMA PTE scanner and fault handler and will flush the TLB for the affected
>>> range if there is a race.
>>> Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <>
>>> diff --git a/mm/migrate.c b/mm/migrate.c
>>> index 5dfd552..ccc814b 100644
>>> --- a/mm/migrate.c
>>> +++ b/mm/migrate.c
>>> @@ -1662,6 +1662,39 @@ void wait_migrate_huge_page(struct anon_vma *anon_vma, pmd_t *pmd)
>>> smp_rmb();
>>> }
>>> +unsigned long numa_fault_prepare(struct mm_struct *mm)
>>> +{
>>> + /* Paired with task_numa_work */
>>> + smp_rmb();
>>> + return mm->numa_next_reset;
>>> +}
>> The patch that introduces mm->numa_next_reset, and the
>> patch that increments it, seem to be missing from your
>> series...
> Damn. s/numa_next_reset/numa_next_scan/ in that patch

How does that protect against the race?

Would it not be possible for task_numa_work to have a longer
runtime than the numa fault?

In other words, task_numa_work can increment numa_next_scan
before the numa fault starts, and still be doing its thing
when numa_fault_commit is run...

At that point, numa_fault_commit will not be seeing an
increment in numa_next_scan, and we are relying completely
on the batched tlb flush by the change_prot_numa.

Is that scenario a problem, or is it ok?

And, why? :)

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