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From: Christoph Raisch <>
To: Roland Dreier <>
Cc: Christoph Hellwig <>,
	Hoang-Nam Nguyen <>,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH/RFC 2.6.21 2/5] ehca: ehca_uverbs.c: "proper" use of mmap
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 13:25:31 +0100	[thread overview]
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Roland Dreier wrote on 11.01.2007 20:54:58:

>  > >  int ehca_mmap(struct ib_ucontext *context, struct vm_area_struct
>  > >  {
>  >
>  > Can you split this monster routine into individual functions for
>  > each type of mmap please?  With two helpers to get and verify the
>  > shared by the individual sub-variants, that would also help to get rid
>  > of all those magic offsets.
>  >
>  > Actually, this routine directly comes from ib_device.mmap - Roland,
>  > can you shed some light on what's going on here?
> Each userspace-accessible IB device gets a single device node like
> /dev/infiniband/uverbsX.  Opening that gives userspace a "context".
> One of the things userspace can do with that fd is mmap() on it --
> that was originally envisioned as a way to map a page of hardware
> registers directly in to the userspace process.
> It seems ehca needs to allocate lots of different things in the kernel
> via mmap().  What you're saying I guess is that ideally each of these
> would be mmap() on a different fd rather than using different
> offsets.  It's a little awkward to open multiple device nodes to get
> multiple fds, since there's not a good way to attach them all to the
> same context.  I guess we could create some hack to return more file
> handles, but I think that cure is worse than the disease of using
> magic offsets...
> Maybe longer term we need to look at a scheme like cell's spufs but
> I'm still not confident we have the RDMA interface quite ready to
> freeze at the system call level.
>  - R. Roland mentions, we're not completely free to change the filehandle
it's shared by ~5 drivers now.

I'd say lets investigate the direction of an own filesystem unless
there's no other clean solution.
We can polish the current version a bit, but that won't change the "magic

Roland, could you take this patchset into your tree?
We hope it adresses the major security concern and vm_insert_page.

We're preparing the next patch for the yield deadlock topic with this
patchset as prereq.

Gruss / Regards . . . Christoph Raisch

      reply	other threads:[~2007-01-12 12:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-11 19:08 Hoang-Nam Nguyen
2007-01-11 19:40 ` Christoph Hellwig
2007-01-11 19:54   ` Roland Dreier
2007-01-12 12:25     ` Christoph Raisch [this message]

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