[RFC PATCH v11 00/29] KVM: guest_memfd() and per-page attributes

Nikunj A. Dadhania nikunj at amd.com
Thu Jul 27 16:42:11 AEST 2023

On 7/26/2023 7:54 PM, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 26, 2023, Nikunj A. Dadhania wrote:
>> On 7/24/2023 10:30 PM, Sean Christopherson wrote:

>>>>   /proc/<qemu pid>/smaps
>>>>   7f528be00000-7f5c8be00000 rw-p 00000000 00:01 26629                      /memfd:memory-backend-memfd-shared (deleted)
>>>>   7f5c90200000-7f5c90220000 rw-s 00000000 00:01 44033                      /memfd:rom-backend-memfd-shared (deleted)
>>>>   7f5c90400000-7f5c90420000 rw-s 00000000 00:01 44032                      /memfd:rom-backend-memfd-shared (deleted)
>>>>   7f5c90800000-7f5c90b7c000 rw-s 00000000 00:01 1025                       /memfd:rom-backend-memfd-shared (deleted)
>>> This is all expected, and IMO correct.  There are no userspace mappings, and so
>>> not accounting anything is working as intended.
>> Doesn't sound that correct, if 10 SNP guests are running each using 10GB, how
>> would we know who is using 100GB of memory?
> It's correct with respect to what the interfaces show, which is how much memory
> is *mapped* into userspace.
> As I said (or at least tried to say) in my first reply, I am not against exposing
> memory usage to userspace via stats, only that it's not obvious to me that the
> existing VMA-based stats are the most appropriate way to surface this information.

Right, then should we think in the line of creating a VM IOCTL for querying current memory
usage for guest-memfd ?

We could use memcg for statistics, but then memory cgroup can be disabled and so memcg 
isn't really a dependable option.

Do you have some ideas on how to expose the memory usage to the user space other than
VMA-based stats ?


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