[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 21:10:07 AEST 2023

On Wed, Apr 05, 2023 at 12:44:04PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 04, 2023 at 04:42:24PM +0300, Yair Podemsky wrote:
> > +	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?

Bah, actually what can we do to prevent from that racy IPI? Not much I fear...

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