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Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2017 08:20:57 -0800
From: Tycho Andersen <>
To: Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc: Dave Hansen <>,,,,
	Marco Benatto <>,
	Juerg Haefliger <>,
Subject: Re: Re: [PATCH v6 03/11] mm, x86: Add support for
 eXclusive Page Frame Ownership (XPFO)

On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 06:58:35AM -0800, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 11:00:20PM -0800, Dave Hansen wrote:
> > On 11/14/2017 07:44 PM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > > We don't need to kmap in order to access MOVABLE allocations.  kmap is
> > > only needed for HIGHMEM allocations.  So there's nothing wrong with ext4
> > > or set_bh_page().
> > 
> > Yeah, it's definitely not _buggy_.
> > 
> > Although, I do wonder what we should do about these for XPFO.  Should we
> > just stick a kmap() in there and comment it?  What we really need is a
> > mechanism to say "use this as a kernel page" and "stop using this as a
> > kernel page".  kmap() does that... kinda.  It's not a perfect fit, but
> > it's pretty close.
> It'd be kind of funny if getting XPFO working better means improving
> how well Linux runs on 32-bit machines with HIGHMEM.  I think there's
> always going to be interest in those -- ARM developed 36 bit physmem
> before biting the bullet and going to arm64.  Maybe OpenRISC will do
> that next ;-)

Oh, sorry, I didn't realize that this wasn't a bug. In any case, this
seems like sort of an uphill battle -- lots of places are going to do
stuff like this since it's legal, adding code to work around it just
for XPFO seems like a lot of burden on the kernel. (Of course, I'm
open to convincing :)

How common are these MOVABLE allocations that the kernel does? What if
we did some hybrid approach, where we re-map the lists based on
MOVABLE/UNMOVABLE, but then check the actual GFP flags on allocation
to see if they match what we set when populating the free list, and
re-map accordingly if they don't.

Or is there some other way?



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