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From: Patrick Geoffray <patrick@myri.com>
To: Jason Gunthorpe <jgunthorpe@obsidianresearch.com>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com>,
	Roland Dreier <rdreier@cisco.com>, Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>,
	steiner@sgi.com, Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@qumranet.com>,
	a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl, izike@qumranet.com,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, avi@qumranet.com,
	linux-mm@kvack.org, daniel.blueman@qua
Subject: Re: [ofa-general] Re: Demand paging for memory regions
Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2008 22:56:26 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <47B26A6A.4000209@myri.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080213032533.GC32047@obsidianresearch.com>

Jason,

Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> I don't know much about Quadrics, but I would be hesitant to lump it
> in too much with these RDMA semantics. Christian's comments sound like
> they operate closer to what you described and that is why the have an
> existing patch set. I don't know :)

The Quadrics folks have been doing RDMA for 10 years, there is a reason 
why they maintained a patch.

> What it boils down to is that to implement true removal of pages in a
> general way the kernel and HCA must either drop packets or stall
> incoming packets, both are big performance problems - and I can't see
> many users wanting this. Enterprise style people using SCSI, NFS, etc
> already have short pin periods and HPC MPI users probably won't care
> about the VM issues enough to warrent the performance overhead.

This is not true, HPC people do care about the VM issues a lot. Memory 
registration (pinning and translating) is usually too expensive to be 
performed in the critical path before and after each send or receive. So 
they factor it out by registering a buffer the first time it is used, 
and keeping it registered in a registration cache. However, the 
application may free() a buffer that is in the registration cache, so 
HPC people provide their own malloc to catch free(). They also try to 
catch sbrk() and munmap() to deregister memory before it is released to 
the OS. This is a Major pain that a VM notifier would easily solve. 
Being able to swap registered pages to disk or migrate them in a NUMA 
system is a welcome bonus.

Patrick
-- 
Patrick Geoffray
Myricom, Inc.
http://www.myri.com

  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-13  3:59 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 81+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-08 22:06 [patch 0/6] MMU Notifiers V6 Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 1/6] mmu_notifier: Core code Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 2/6] mmu_notifier: Callbacks to invalidate address ranges Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 3/6] mmu_notifier: invalidate_page callbacks Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 4/6] mmu_notifier: Skeleton driver for a simple mmu_notifier Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 5/6] mmu_notifier: Support for drivers with revers maps (f.e. for XPmem) Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:06 ` [patch 6/6] mmu_rmap_notifier: Skeleton for complex driver that uses its own rmaps Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 22:23 ` [patch 0/6] MMU Notifiers V6 Andrew Morton
2008-02-08 23:32   ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 23:36     ` Robin Holt
2008-02-08 23:41       ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-08 23:43         ` Robin Holt
2008-02-08 23:56           ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-09  0:05             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09  0:12               ` [ofa-general] " Roland Dreier
2008-02-09  0:16                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09  0:22                   ` Roland Dreier
2008-02-09  0:36                     ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09  1:24                       ` Andrea Arcangeli
2008-02-09  1:27                         ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09  1:56                           ` Andrea Arcangeli
2008-02-09  2:16                             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09 12:55                               ` Rik van Riel
2008-02-09 21:46                                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-11 22:40                                   ` Demand paging for memory regions (was Re: MMU Notifiers V6) Roland Dreier
2008-02-12 22:01                                     ` Steve Wise
2008-02-12 22:10                                       ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-12 22:41                                         ` [ofa-general] Re: Demand paging for memory regions Roland Dreier
2008-02-12 23:14                                           ` Felix Marti
2008-02-13  0:57                                             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-14 15:09                                             ` Steve Wise
2008-02-14 15:53                                               ` Robin Holt
2008-02-14 16:23                                                 ` Steve Wise
2008-02-14 17:48                                                   ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-14 19:39                                               ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-14 20:17                                                 ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-14 20:20                                                   ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-14 22:43                                                     ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-14 22:48                                                       ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-15  1:26                                                         ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-15  2:37                                                           ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-15 18:09                                                             ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-15 18:45                                                               ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-15 18:53                                                                 ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-15 20:02                                                                   ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-15 20:14                                                                     ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-15 22:50                                                                       ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-15 23:50                                                                         ` Caitlin Bestler
2008-02-12 23:23                                           ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-13  1:01                                             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13  1:26                                               ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-13  1:45                                                 ` Steve Wise
2008-02-13  2:35                                                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13  3:25                                                   ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-13  3:56                                                     ` Patrick Geoffray [this message]
2008-02-13  4:26                                                       ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-13  4:47                                                         ` Patrick Geoffray
2008-02-13 18:51                                                     ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 19:51                                                       ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-13 20:36                                                         ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13  4:09                                                   ` Christian Bell
2008-02-13 19:00                                                     ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 19:46                                                       ` Christian Bell
2008-02-13 20:32                                                         ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 22:44                                                           ` Kanoj Sarcar
2008-02-13 23:02                                                             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 23:43                                                               ` Kanoj Sarcar
2008-02-13 23:48                                                                 ` Jesse Barnes
2008-02-14  0:56                                                                 ` [ofa-general] " Andrea Arcangeli
2008-02-14 19:35                                                                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 23:23                                                     ` Pete Wyckoff
2008-02-14  0:01                                                       ` Jason Gunthorpe
2008-02-27 22:11                                                         ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13  1:55                                               ` Christian Bell
2008-02-13  2:19                                                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13  0:56                                           ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 12:11                                           ` Christoph Raisch
2008-02-13 19:02                                             ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-09  0:12               ` [patch 0/6] MMU Notifiers V6 Andrew Morton
2008-02-09  0:18                 ` Christoph Lameter
2008-02-13 14:31 ` Jack Steiner

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