[openib-general] Re: [PATCH][RFC][0/4] InfiniBand userspace verbs implementation
timur.tabi at ammasso.com
Sun Apr 24 07:23:48 PDT 2005
Andrew Morton wrote:
> If your theory is correct then it should be able to demonstrate this
> problem without any special hardware at all: pin some user memory, then
> generate memory pressure then check the contents of those pinned pages.
I tried that, but I couldn't get it to fail. But that was a while ago, and I've learned a
few things since then, so I'll try again.
> But if, for the DMA transfer, you're using the array of page*'s which were
> originally obtained from get_user_pages() then it's rather hard to see how
> the kernel could alter the page's contents.
> Then again, if mlock() fixes it then something's up. Very odd.
With mlock(), we don't need to use get_user_pages() at all. Arjan tells me the only time
an mlocked page can move is with hot (un)plug of memory, but that isn't supported on the
systems that we support. We actually prefer mlock() over get_user_pages(), because if the
process dies, the locks automatically go away too.
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