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Date: Thu, 1 Feb 2018 14:42:24 +0200
From: Igor Stoppa <>
To: Christopher Lameter <>
CC: <>, <>, <>,
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Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/6] struct page: add field for vm_struct

On 01/02/18 02:00, Christopher Lameter wrote:
> On Tue, 30 Jan 2018, Igor Stoppa wrote:
>> @@ -1769,6 +1774,9 @@ void *__vmalloc_node_range(unsigned long size, unsigned long align,
>>  	kmemleak_vmalloc(area, size, gfp_mask);
>> +	for (page_counter = 0; page_counter < area->nr_pages; page_counter++)
>> +		area->pages[page_counter]->area = area;
>> +
>>  	return addr;
> Well this introduces significant overhead for large sized allocation. Does
> this not matter because the areas are small?

Relatively significant?
I do not object to your comment, but in practice i see that:

- vmalloc is used relatively little
- allocations do not seem to be huge
- there seem to be way larger overheads in the handling of virtual pages
  (see my proposal for the LFS/m summit, about collapsing struct
   vm_struct and struct vmap_area)

> Would it not be better to use compound page allocations here?
> page_head(whatever) gets you the head page where you can store all sorts
> of information about the chunk of memory.

Can you please point me to this function/macro? I don't seem to be able
to find it, at least not in 4.15

During hardened user copy permission check, I need to confirm if the
memory range that would be exposed to userspace is a legitimate
sub-range of a pmalloc allocation.

So, I start with the pair (address, size) and I must end up to something
I can compare it against.
The idea here is to pass through struct_page and then the related
vm_struct/vmap_area, which already has the information about the
specific chunk of virtual memory.

I cannot comment on your proposal because I do not know where to find
the reference you made, or maybe I do not understand what you mean :-(


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