Re: [PATCH v19 22/30] drm/shmem-helper: Add common memory shrinker

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On 1/30/24 11:39, Daniel Vetter wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 25, 2024 at 10:07:03AM +0100, Boris Brezillon wrote:
>> On Fri,  5 Jan 2024 21:46:16 +0300
>> Dmitry Osipenko <dmitry.osipenko@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>   *
>>>   * This function Increases the use count and allocates the backing pages if
>>>   * use-count equals to zero.
>>> + *
>>> + * Note that this function doesn't pin pages in memory. If your driver
>>> + * uses drm-shmem shrinker, then it's free to relocate pages to swap.
>>> + * Getting pages only guarantees that pages are allocated, and not that
>>> + * pages reside in memory. In order to pin pages use drm_gem_shmem_pin().
>> I still find this explanation confusing, if pages are allocated, they
>> reside in memory. The only difference between drm_gem_shmem_get_pages()
>> and drm_gem_shmem_pin_pages() is that the former lets the system
>> reclaim the memory if the buffer is idle (no unsignalled fence attached
>> to the dma_resv).
>> We also need to describe the workflow for GEM validation (that's the
>> TTM term for the swapin process happening when a GPU job is submitted).
>> 1. Prepare the GPU job and initialize its fence
>> 2. Lock the GEM resv
>> 3. Add the GPU job fence to the resv object
>> 4. If the GEM is evicted
>>    a. call drm_gem_shmem_swapin_locked()
>>    b. get the new sgt with drm_gem_shmem_get_pages_sgt_locked()
>>    c. repopulate the MMU table (driver internals)
> Might be good to explain where to call drm_sched_job_arm() here for
> drivers using drm/sched, since that also needs to be at a very specific
> point. Probably best to flesh out the details here by linking to the
> relevant drm/sched and gpuvm functions as examples.
>> 5. Unlock the GEM dma_resv
>> 6. Submit the GPU job
>> With this sequence, the GEM pages are guaranteed to stay around until
>> the GPU job is finished.
> Yeah I think the comment needs to explain how this ties together with
> dma_resv locking and dma_resv fences, otherwise it just doesn't make much
> sense.
> This holds even more so given that some of the earlier drivers derived
> from i915-gem code (and i915-gem itself) use _pin() both for these more
> permanent pinnings, and also to temporarily put the memory in place before
> it all gets fenced and then unpinned&unlocked.
> So would be really good to have the sharpest possible nomeclatura here we
> can get, and link between all the related concepts and functions in the
> kerneldoc.
> Some overview flow like Boris sketched above in a DOC: section would also
> be great.

Thank you all for the feedback! I'll add all this doc in the next version

Best regards,

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