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

Haren Myneni haren at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Jul 19 04:53:52 AEST 2017

On 07/18/2017 11:06 AM, Sukadev Bhattiprolu wrote:
> 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
> and
>> 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?

Nick, Also we do not support 842 in user space. Only future NX gzip compression module.

If OK, will add disable premption for copy/paste. Thanks for review, 
> Sukadev

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