Good to have an example how to use HMM with an upstream driver.
Am 10.03.2018 um 04:21 schrieb jgli...@redhat.com:
This patchset adds SVM (Share Virtual Memory) using HMM (Heterogeneous
Memory Management) to the nouveau driver. SVM means that GPU threads
spawn by GPU driver for a specific user process can access any valid
CPU address in that process. A valid pointer is a pointer inside an
area coming from mmap of private, share or regular file. Pointer to
a mmap of a device file or special file are not supported.
BTW: The recent IOMMU patches which generalized the PASID handling calls
this SVA for shared virtual address space.
We should probably sync up with those guys at some point what naming to use.
This is an RFC for few reasons technical reasons listed below and also
because we are still working on a proper open source userspace (namely
a OpenCL 2.0 for nouveau inside mesa). Open source userspace being a
requirement for the DRM subsystem. I pushed in  a simple standalone
program that can be use to test SVM through HMM with nouveau. I expect
we will have a somewhat working userspace in the coming weeks, work
being well underway and some patches have already been posted on mesa
You could use the OpenGL extensions to import arbitrary user pointers as
bringup use case for this.
I was hoping to do the same for my ATC/HMM work on radeonsi and as far
as I know there are even piglit tests for that.
They are work underway to revamp nouveau channel creation with a new
userspace API. So we might want to delay upstreaming until this lands.
We can stil discuss one aspect specific to HMM here namely the issue
around GEM objects used for some specific part of the GPU. Some engine
inside the GPU (engine are a GPU block like the display block which
is responsible of scaning memory to send out a picture through some
connector for instance HDMI or DisplayPort) can only access memory
with virtual address below (1 << 40). To accomodate those we need to
create a "hole" inside the process address space. This patchset have
a hack for that (patch 13 HACK FOR HMM AREA), it reserves a range of
device file offset so that process can mmap this range with PROT_NONE
to create a hole (process must make sure the hole is below 1 << 40).
I feel un-easy of doing it this way but maybe it is ok with other
Well we have essentially the same problem with pre gfx9 AMD hardware.
Felix might have some advise how it was solved for HSA.
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