[PATCH V3] powerpc/thp: Serialize pmd clear against a linux page table walk.

Kirill A. Shutemov kirill at shutemov.name
Mon May 11 17:46:31 AEST 2015

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 11:56:01AM +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> Serialize against find_linux_pte_or_hugepte which does lock-less
> lookup in page tables with local interrupts disabled. For huge pages
> it casts pmd_t to pte_t. Since format of pte_t is different from
> pmd_t we want to prevent transit from pmd pointing to page table
> to pmd pointing to huge page (and back) while interrupts are disabled.
> We clear pmd to possibly replace it with page table pointer in
> different code paths. So make sure we wait for the parallel
> find_linux_pte_or_hugepage to finish.
> Without this patch, a find_linux_pte_or_hugepte running in parallel to
> __split_huge_zero_page_pmd or do_huge_pmd_wp_page_fallback or zap_huge_pmd
> can run into the above issue. With __split_huge_zero_page_pmd and
> do_huge_pmd_wp_page_fallback we clear the hugepage pte before inserting
> the pmd entry with a regular pgtable address. Such a clear need to
> wait for the parallel find_linux_pte_or_hugepte to finish.
> With zap_huge_pmd, we can run into issues, with a hugepage pte
> getting zapped due to a MADV_DONTNEED while other cpu fault it
> in as small pages.
> Reported-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov at linux.intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com>

Reviewed-by: Kirill A. Shutemov <kirill.shutemov at linux.intel.com>

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 Kirill A. Shutemov

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