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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5] drivers/misc: vm_gen_counter: initial driver implementation
On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 07:25:36PM +0100, Greg KH wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 07:40:51PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > I think it's a good idea to use sysfs for this. However,
> > there are a couple of missing interfaces here:
> >
> > 1. Userspace needs a way to know when this value changes.
> > I see no change notifications here and that does not seem right.
> How can these change?

It's a hardware register. It changes when hardware feels like it :)
In particular, it changes whenever VM is migrated or snapshotted.

> > 2. Userspace needs to be able to read these without
> > system calls.
> Ick, what? Why not?
> > Pls add mmap support to the raw format.
> For a single integer? Why do you need mmap for this? What is so
> "performant" that needs to touch a sysfs file?
> > (Phys address is not guaranteed to be page-aligned so you will
> > probably want an offset attribute for that as well).
> Ick ick ick, that's why it's good to just stick with a sysfs file.
> Have you tested just how long this takes to see if the open/read/close
> is really the bottleneck, or if the io on reading the value is the
> bottleneck?
> thanks,
> greg k-h

Well an application needs to check this value basically after
every database transaction. So I'm pretty sure it's a performance
sensitive path. But yes, I didn't profile any apps since they
are yet to be written to use this interface.
I'm fine deferring point 2 for now.


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