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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5] drivers/misc: vm_gen_counter: initial driver implementation
On Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 09:25:17PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> 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 :)

Does the hardware notify the kernel that it changes? Or does the kernel
have to "poll" for it?

> In particular, it changes whenever VM is migrated or snapshotted.

So very rarely. And userspace always knows about those events already,
right?

> > > 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.

"every"? That's horrid, why would you write a database that has to do
an ACPI i/o call for every transaction? That's a sure way to write a
very slow database :(

> So I'm pretty sure it's a performance sensitive path.

Given that this api is not present today, why is this even needed? Who
wants/needs it so badly that it has to be tuned in ways like this?

If it is _really_ performant critical, just make it a new syscall :)

> But yes, I
> didn't profile any apps since they
> are yet to be written to use this interface.

Then what database are you talking about? What apps need/want this
thing?

thanks,

greg k-h

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