[PATCH v5 0/5] powerpc/bpf: use BPF prog pack allocator

Hari Bathini hbathini at linux.ibm.com
Fri Sep 29 05:48:13 AEST 2023

Most BPF programs are small, but they consume a page each. For systems
with busy traffic and many BPF programs, this may also add significant
pressure on instruction TLB. High iTLB pressure usually slows down the
whole system causing visible performance degradation for production

bpf_prog_pack, a customized allocator that packs multiple bpf programs
into preallocated memory chunks, was proposed [1] to address it. This
series extends this support on powerpc.

Both bpf_arch_text_copy() & bpf_arch_text_invalidate() functions,
needed for this support depend on instruction patching in text area.
Currently, patch_instruction() supports patching only one instruction
at a time. The first patch introduces patch_instructions() function
to enable patching more than one instruction at a time. This helps in
avoiding performance degradation while JITing bpf programs.

Patches 2 & 3 implement the above mentioned arch specific functions
using patch_instructions(). Patch 4 fixes a misnomer in bpf JITing
code. The last patch enables the use of BPF prog pack allocator on
powerpc and also, ensures cleanup is handled gracefully.

[1] https://lore.kernel.org/bpf/20220204185742.271030-1-song@kernel.org/

Changes in v5:
* Moved introduction of patch_instructions() as 1st patch in series.
* Improved patch_instructions() to use memset & memcpy.
* Fixed the misnomer in JITing code as a separate patch.
* Removed unused bpf_flush_icache() function.

Changes in v4:
* Updated bpf_patch_instructions() definition in patch 1/5 so that
  it doesn't have to be updated again in patch 2/5.
* Addressed Christophe's comment on bpf_arch_text_invalidate() return
  value in patch 2/5.

Changes in v3:
* Fixed segfault issue observed on ppc32 due to inaccurate offset
  calculation for branching.
* Tried to minimize the performance impact for patch_instruction()
  with the introduction of patch_instructions().
* Corrected uses of u32* vs ppc_instr_t.
* Moved the change that introduces patch_instructions() to after
  enabling bpf_prog_pack support.
* Added few comments to improve code readability.

Hari Bathini (5):
  powerpc/code-patching: introduce patch_instructions()
  powerpc/bpf: implement bpf_arch_text_copy
  powerpc/bpf: implement bpf_arch_text_invalidate for bpf_prog_pack
  powerpc/bpf: rename powerpc64_jit_data to powerpc_jit_data
  powerpc/bpf: use bpf_jit_binary_pack_[alloc|finalize|free]

 arch/powerpc/include/asm/code-patching.h |   1 +
 arch/powerpc/lib/code-patching.c         |  93 +++++++++++++--
 arch/powerpc/net/bpf_jit.h               |  18 +--
 arch/powerpc/net/bpf_jit_comp.c          | 145 ++++++++++++++++++-----
 arch/powerpc/net/bpf_jit_comp32.c        |  13 +-
 arch/powerpc/net/bpf_jit_comp64.c        |  10 +-
 6 files changed, 217 insertions(+), 63 deletions(-)


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