[PATCH V2 0/6] Enable NX 842 compression engine on Power9

Sukadev Bhattiprolu sukadev at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Jul 19 04:06:00 AEST 2017

Nicholas Piggin [nicholas.piggin at gmail.com] wrote:
> On Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:43:19 -0700
> Haren Myneni <haren at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> > [PATCH V2 0/6] Enable NX 842 compression engine on Power9
> > This patchset depends on VAS kernel changes:
> > https://lists.ozlabs.org/pipermail/linuxppc-dev/2017-May/158178.html
> Just a question, we no longer invalidate the copy buffer on context
> switch after this patch:
> 07d2a628bc ("powerpc/64s: Avoid cpabort in context switch when possible")
> If your vas address mappings are visible only to kernel, only used in
> process / kthread context, and only used with kernel preemption disabled,
> this is okay.

Kernel preemption is not explicitly disabled in the NX driver I think

> If userspace can possibly copy/paste to the mappings or if you need to
> sleep or call this from interrupt context, we need to work out how to
> invalidate the copy buffer.

user space cannot copy/paste to the mappings yet (that mechanism is
further out).

NX driver calls:

	vas_copy(&crb, ...);
	vas_paste(addr, ...);

but not from an interrupt context. Can/should we disable premption between
the copy/paste and to avoid having to invalidate the copy buffer?


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