Re: [PATCH drm-next v2 05/16] drm: manager to keep track of GPUs VA mappings

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Am 22.02.23 um 17:40 schrieb Danilo Krummrich:
On 2/22/23 16:14, Christian König wrote:
Am 22.02.23 um 16:07 schrieb Danilo Krummrich:
On 2/22/23 11:25, Christian König wrote:
Am 17.02.23 um 14:44 schrieb Danilo Krummrich:


+ * DOC: Overview
+ *
+ * The DRM GPU VA Manager, represented by struct drm_gpuva_manager keeps track + * of a GPU's virtual address (VA) space and manages the corresponding virtual + * mappings represented by &drm_gpuva objects. It also keeps track of the
+ * mapping's backing &drm_gem_object buffers.
+ *
+ * &drm_gem_object buffers maintain a list (and a corresponding list lock) of + * &drm_gpuva objects representing all existent GPU VA mappings using this
+ * &drm_gem_object as backing buffer.
+ *
+ * If the &DRM_GPUVA_MANAGER_REGIONS feature is enabled, a GPU VA mapping can + * only be created within a previously allocated &drm_gpuva_region, which + * represents a reserved portion of the GPU VA space. GPU VA mappings are not
+ * allowed to span over a &drm_gpuva_region's boundary.
+ *
+ * GPU VA regions can also be flagged as sparse, which allows drivers to create + * sparse mappings for a whole GPU VA region in order to support Vulkan
+ * 'Sparse Resources'.

Well since we have now found that there is absolutely no technical reason for having those regions could we please drop them?

I disagree this was the outcome of our previous discussion.

In nouveau I still need them to track the separate sparse page tables and, as you confirmed previously, Nvidia cards are not the only cards supporting this feature.

The second reason is that with regions we can avoid merging between buffers, which saves some effort. However, I agree that this argument by itself probably doesn't hold too much, since you've pointed out in a previous mail that:

1) If we merge and decide to only do that inside certain boundaries then those boundaries needs to be provided and checked against. This burns quite some CPU cycles

2) If we just merge what we can we might have extra page table updates which cost time and could result in undesired side effects.

3) If we don't merge at all we have additional housekeeping for the mappings and maybe hw restrictions.

However, if a driver uses regions to track its separate sparse page tables anyway it gets 1) for free, which is a nice synergy.

I totally agree that regions aren't for everyone though. Hence, I made them an optional feature and by default regions are disabled. In order to use them drm_gpuva_manager_init() must be called with the DRM_GPUVA_MANAGER_REGIONS feature flag.

I really would not want to open code regions or have two GPUVA manager instances in nouveau to track sparse page tables. That would be really messy, hence I hope we can agree on this to be an optional feature.

I absolutely don't think that this is a good idea then. This separate handling of sparse page tables is completely Nouveau specific.

Actually, I rely on what you said in a previous mail when I say it's, potentially, not specific to nouveau.

This sounds similar to what AMD hw used to have up until gfx8 (I think), basically sparse resources where defined through a separate mechanism to the address resolution of the page tables. I won't rule out that other hardware has similar approaches.

Ok, sounds like I didn't made my point here clear: AMD does have that same mechanism for older hw you try to implement here for Nouveau, but we have *abandoned* it because it is to much trouble and especially overhead to support! In other words we have said "Ok we would need two separate components to cleanly handle that, one for newer hw and one for older hw.".

What you now try to do is to write one component which works for both. We have already exercised this idea and came to the conclusion that it's not a good path to go down. So you're basically just repeating our mistake.

I mean if it's just for Nouveau then I would say feel free to do whatever you want, but since this component is supposed to be used by more drivers then I strongly think we need to tackle this from a different side.

Even when it's optional feature mixing this into the common handling is exactly what I pointed out as not properly separating between hardware specific and hardware agnostic functionality.

Optionally having regions is *not* a hardware specific concept, drivers might use it for a hardware specific purpose though. Which potentially is is the case for almost every DRM helper.

Drivers can use regions only for the sake of not merging between buffer boundaries as well. Some drivers might prefer this over "never merge" or "always merge", depending on the cost of re-organizing page tables for unnecessary splits/merges, without having the need of tracking separate sparse page tables.

Its just that I think *if* a driver needs to track separate sparse page tables anyways its a nice synergy since then there is no extra cost for getting this optimization.

Well exactly that's the point: I really don't believe that this comes without extra costs.

What we could maybe do is to have an two separate functions, one for updating the data structures and one for merging. When you now call the merging function with a limit you don't get mappings merged over that limit and if you don't call the merging function at all you don't get merges.

But we should have definitely not have the tracking of the ranges inside the common component. This is something separated.

This is exactly the problem we ran into with TTM as well and I've spend a massive amount of time to clean that up again. >

Admittedly, I don't know what problems you are referring to. However, I don't see which kind of trouble it could cause by allowing drivers to track regions optionally.

Take a look at my 2020 presentation about TTM on FOSDEM.



I don't really see a need for them any more.


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