Re: [PATCH RFC v2 0/4] Add support for sharing page tables across processes (Previously mshare)

From: Rongwei Wang
Date: Tue Aug 01 2023 - 02:53:16 EST

On 2023/8/1 00:38, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
On Mon, Jul 31, 2023 at 06:30:22PM +0200, David Hildenbrand wrote:
Assume we do do the page table sharing at mmap time, if the flags are right.
Let's focus on the most common:


And doing the same in each and every process.
That may be the most common in your usage, but for a database, you're
looking at two usage scenarios. Postgres calls mmap() on the database
file itself so that all processes share the kernel page cache.
Some Commercial Databases call mmap() on a hugetlbfs file so that all
processes share the same userspace buffer cache. Other Commecial
Databases call shmget() / shmat() with SHM_HUGETLB for the exact
same reason.

This is why I proposed mshare(). Anyone can use it for anything.

Hi Matthew

I'm a little confused about this mshare(). Which one is the mshare() you refer to here, previous mshare() based on filesystem or this RFC v2 posted by Khalid?

IMHO, they have much difference between previously mshare() and MAP_SHARED_PT now.

We have such a diverse set of users who want to do stuff with shared
page tables that we should not be tying it to memfd or any other
filesystem. Not to mention that it's more flexible; you can map
individual 4kB files into it and still get page table sharing.