On 07/10/2017 11:18 PM, Laurent Dufour wrote:
> On 07/07/2017 09:07, Balbir Singh wrote:
>> On Fri, 2017-06-16 at 19:52 +0200, Laurent Dufour wrote:
>>> From: Peter Zijlstra <pet...@infradead.org>
>>>
>>> One of the side effects of speculating on faults (without holding
>>> mmap_sem) is that we can race with free_pgtables() and therefore we
>>> cannot assume the page-tables will stick around.
>>>
>>> Remove the relyance on the pte pointer.
>>              ^^ reliance
>>
>> Looking at the changelog and the code the impact is not clear.
>> It looks like after this patch we always assume the pte is not
>> the same. What is the impact of this patch?
> 
> Hi Balbir,
> 
> In most of the case pte_unmap_same() was returning 1, which meaning that
> do_swap_page() should do its processing.
> 
> So in most of the case there will be no impact.
> 
> Now regarding the case where pte_unmap_safe() was returning 0, and thus
> do_swap_page return 0 too, this happens when the page has already been
> swapped back. This may happen before do_swap_page() get called or while in
> the call to do_swap_page(). In that later case, the check done when
> swapin_readahead() returns will detect that case.
> 
> The worst case would be that a page fault is occuring on 2 threads at the
> same time on the same swapped out page. In that case one thread will take
> much time looping in __read_swap_cache_async(). But in the regular page
> fault path, this is even worse since the thread would wait for semaphore to
> be released before starting anything.

Can we move the detection of swap in of the same struct page back into
the page table bit earlier, ideally where pte_unmap_same() present to
speed up detection for the bail out case ?

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