[PATCH 3/3] mm/mmu_gather: send tlb_remove_table_smp_sync IPI only to CPUs in kernel mode

Frederic Weisbecker frederic at kernel.org
Wed Apr 5 20:43:58 AEST 2023

On Tue, Apr 04, 2023 at 04:42:24PM +0300, Yair Podemsky wrote:
> @@ -191,6 +192,20 @@ static void tlb_remove_table_smp_sync(void *arg)
>  	/* Simply deliver the interrupt */
>  }
> +
> +static bool cpu_in_kernel(int cpu, void *info)
> +{
> +	struct context_tracking *ct = per_cpu_ptr(&context_tracking, cpu);

Like Peter said, an smp_mb() is required here before the read (unless there is
already one between the page table modification and that ct->state read?).

So that you have this pairing:

           WRITE page_table                  WRITE ct->state
	   smp_mb()                          smp_mb() // implied by atomic_fetch_or
           READ ct->state                    READ page_table

> +	int state = atomic_read(&ct->state);
> +	/* will return true only for cpus in kernel space */
> +	return state & CT_STATE_MASK == CONTEXT_KERNEL;
> +}

Also note that this doesn't stricly prevent userspace from being interrupted.
You may well observe the CPU in kernel but it may receive the IPI later after
switching to userspace.

We could arrange for avoiding that with marking ct->state with a pending work bit
to flush upon user entry/exit but that's a bit more overhead so I first need to
know about your expectations here, ie: can you tolerate such an occasional
interruption or not?


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