Re: RDMA memory registration

From: Brice Goglin
Date: Fri Apr 29 2005 - 13:24:09 EST

Roland Dreier a écrit :
2) For fork() support:

a) Extend mprotect() with PROT_DONTCOPY so processes can avoid
copy-on-write problems.

b) (maybe someday?) Add a VM_ALWAYSCOPY flag and extend mprotect()
with PROT_ALWAYSCOPY so processes can mark pages to be
pre-copied into child processes, to handle the case where only
half a page is registered.

I believe this puts the code that must be trusted into the kernel and
gives userspace primitives that let apps handle the rest.

Do you plan to work with David Addison from Quadrics ?
For sure, your hardware have very different capabilities.
But ioproc_ops is a really nice solution and might help a lot
when dealing with deregistration and fork.

For instance, instead of adding PROT_DONT/ALWAYSCOPY, you may use
an ioproc hook in the fork path. This hook (a function in your driver)
would be called for each registered page. It will decide whether
the page should be pre-copied or not and update the registration
table (or whatever stores address translations in the NIC).
In addition, the driver would probably pre-copy cow pages when
registering them.

It's nice to see these two works coming to LKML at the same time.
It would be great if we could merge them and get a generic solution
that's suitable to both registration based cards (IB/Myri/Ammasso)
and MMU-based cards (Quadrics).

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