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Date: Mon, 17 Jun 2019 11:07:45 -0700
From: Dave Hansen <>
To: Nadav Amit <>, Andy Lutomirski <>
Cc: Alexander Graf <>, Thomas Gleixner <>,
 Marius Hillenbrand <>, kvm list <>,
 LKML <>,
 Kernel Hardening <>,
 Linux-MM <>, Alexander Graf <>,
 David Woodhouse <>,
 the arch/x86 maintainers <>,
 Peter Zijlstra <>
Subject: Re: [RFC 00/10] Process-local memory allocations for hiding KVM

On 6/17/19 9:53 AM, Nadav Amit wrote:
>>> For anyone following along at home, I'm going to go off into crazy
>>> per-cpu-pgds speculation mode now...  Feel free to stop reading now. :)
>>> But, I was thinking we could get away with not doing this on _every_
>>> context switch at least.  For instance, couldn't 'struct tlb_context'
>>> have PGD pointer (or two with PTI) in addition to the TLB info?  That
>>> way we only do the copying when we change the context.  Or does that tie
>>> the implementation up too much with PCIDs?
>> Hmm, that seems entirely reasonable.  I think the nasty bit would be
>> figuring out all the interactions with PV TLB flushing.  PV TLB
>> flushes already don't play so well with PCID tracking, and this will
>> make it worse.  We probably need to rewrite all that code regardless.
> How is PCID (as you implemented) related to TLB flushing of kernel (not
> user) PTEs? These kernel PTEs would be global, so they would be invalidated
> from all the address-spaces using INVLPG, I presume. No?

The idea is that you have a per-cpu address space.  Certain kernel
virtual addresses would map to different physical address based on where
you are running.  Each of the physical addresses would be "owned" by a
single CPU and would, by convention, never use a PGD that mapped an
address unless that CPU that "owned" it.

In that case, you never really invalidate those addresses.

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