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> From: Peter Zijlstra [mailto:pet...@infradead.org]
> Sent: Thursday, August 10, 2017 12:28
> To: Jork Loeser <jork.loe...@microsoft.com>
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> Subject: Re: [tip:x86/platform] x86/hyper-v: Use hypercall for remote TLB 
> flush

> > > > Hold on.. if we don't IPI for TLB invalidation. What serializes
> > > > our software page table walkers like fast_gup() ?
> > >
> > > Hypervisor may implement this functionality via an IPI.
> > >
> > > K. Y
> >
> > HvFlushVirtualAddressList() states:
> > This call guarantees that by the time control returns back to the
> > caller, the observable effects of all flushes on the specified virtual
> > processors have occurred.
> >
> > HvFlushVirtualAddressListEx() refers to HvFlushVirtualAddressList() as 
> > adding
> sparse target VP lists.
> >
> > Is this enough of a guarantee, or do you see other races?
> 
> That's nowhere near enough. We need the remote CPU to have completed any
> guest IF section that was in progress at the time of the call.
> 
> So if a host IPI can interrupt a guest while the guest has IF cleared, and we 
> then
> process the host IPI -- clear the TLBs -- before resuming the guest, which 
> still has
> IF cleared, we've got a problem.
> 
> Because at that point, our software page-table walker, that relies on IF being
> clear to guarantee the page-tables exist, because it holds off the TLB 
> invalidate
> and thereby the freeing of the pages, gets its pages ripped out from under it.

I see, IF is used as a locking mechanism for the pages. Would 
CONFIG_HAVE_RCU_TABLE_FREE be an option for x86? There are caveats (statically 
enabled, RCU for page-free), yet if the resulting perf is still a gain it would 
be worthwhile for Hyper-V targeted kernels.

Regards,
Jork

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