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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/16] PCI/P2PDMA: Pass gfp_mask flags to upstream_bridge_distance_warn()
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On 5/3/21 8:57 AM, Logan Gunthorpe wrote:
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>
> On 2021-05-01 9:58 p.m., John Hubbard wrote:
>> Another odd thing: this used to check for memory failure and just give
>> up, and now it doesn't. Yes, I realize that it all still works at the
>> moment, but this is quirky and we shouldn't stop here.
>>
>> Instead, a cleaner approach would be to push the memory allocation
>> slightly higher up the call stack, out to the
>> pci_p2pdma_distance_many(). So pci_p2pdma_distance_many() should make
>> the kmalloc() call, and fail out if it can't get a page for the seq_buf
>> buffer. Then you don't have to do all this odd stuff.
>
> I don't really agree with this assessment. If kmalloc fails to
> initialize the seq_buf() (which should be very rare), the only thing
> that is lost is the one warning print that tells the user the command
> line parameter needed disable the ACS. Everything else works fine,
> nothing else can fail. I don't see the need to add extra complexity just
> so the code errors out in no-mem instead of just skipping the one,
> slightly more informative, warning line.

That's the thing: memory failure should be exceedingly rare for this.
Therefore, just fail out entirely (which I don't expect we'll likely
ever see), instead of doing all this weird stuff to try to continue
on if you cannot allocate a single page. If you are in that case, the
system is not in a state that is going to run your dma p2p setup well
anyway.

I think it's *less* complexity to allocate up front, fail early if
allocation fails, and then not have to deal with these really odd
quirks at the lower levels.

>
> Also, keep in mind the result of all these functions are cached so it
> only ever happens once. So for this to matter, the user would have to do
> their first transaction between two devices exactly at the time memory
> allocations would fail.
>
>
>> Furthermore, the call sites can then decide for themselves which GFP
>> flags, GFP_ATOMIC or GFP_KERNEL or whatever they want for kmalloc().
>>
>> A related thing: this whole exercise would go better if there were a
>> preparatory patch or two that changed the return codes in this file to
>> something less crazy. There are too many functions that can fail, but
>> are treated as if they sort-of-mostly-would-never-fail, in the hopes of
>> using the return value directly for counting and such. This is badly
>> mistaken, and it leads developers to try to avoid returning -ENOMEM
>> (which is what we need here).
>
> Hmm? Which functions can fail? and how?
>

Let's defer that to the other patches, I was sort of looking ahead to
those, sorry.

thanks,
--
John Hubbard
NVIDIA

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