From: Boaz Harrosh <boaz(a)plexistor.com>
One of the current shortcomings of the NVDIMM/PMEM
support is that this memory does not have a page-struct(s)
associated with its memory and therefor cannot be passed
to a block-device or network or DMAed in any way through
another device in the system.
The use of add_persistent_memory() fixes all this. After this patch
an FS can do:
page = pfn_to_page(pfn);
And use that page for a lock_page(), set_page_dirty(), and/or
anything else one might do with a page *.
(Note that with brd one can already do this)
pmem will serve it's pages with ref==0. Once an FS does
an blkdev_get_XXX(,FMODE_EXCL,), that memory is own by the FS.
The FS needs to manage its allocation, just as it already does
for its disk blocks. The fs should set page->count = 2, before
submission to any Kernel subsystem so when it returns it will
never be released to the Kernel's page-allocators. (page_freeze)
Signed-off-by: Boaz Harrosh <boaz(a)plexistor.com>
drivers/block/Kconfig | 13 +++++++++++++
drivers/block/pmem.c | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
2 files changed, 32 insertions(+)
diff --git a/drivers/block/Kconfig b/drivers/block/Kconfig
index 5da8cbf..8a5929c 100644
@@ -416,6 +416,19 @@ config BLK_DEV_PMEM
Most normal users won't need this functionality, and can thus say N
+ bool "Enable use of page struct pages with pmem"
+ depends on BLK_DEV_PMEM
+ depends on PERSISTENT_MEMORY_DEPENDENCY
+ select DRIVER_NEEDS_PERSISTENT_MEMORY
+ default y
+ If a user of PMEM device needs "struct page" associated
+ with its memory, so this memory can be sent to other
+ block devices, or sent on the network, or be DMA transferred
+ to other devices in the system, then you must say "Yes" here.
+ If unsure leave as Yes.
tristate "Packet writing on CD/DVD media"
depends on !UML
diff --git a/drivers/block/pmem.c b/drivers/block/pmem.c
index e07a373..b415b61 100644
@@ -221,6 +221,23 @@ MODULE_PARM_DESC(map,
static int pmem_major;
+/* pmem->phys_addr and pmem->size need to be set.
+ * Will then set pmem->virt_addr if successful.
+int pmem_mapmem(struct pmem_device *pmem)
+ return add_persistent_memory(pmem->phys_addr, pmem->size,
+static void pmem_unmapmem(struct pmem_device *pmem)
+ remove_persistent_memory(pmem->phys_addr, pmem->size);
+#else /* !CONFIG_BLK_DEV_PMEM_USE_PAGES */
/* pmem->phys_addr and pmem->size need to be set.
* Will then set virt_addr if successful.
@@ -258,6 +275,8 @@ void pmem_unmapmem(struct pmem_device *pmem)
pmem->virt_addr = NULL;
+#endif /* ! CONFIG_BLK_DEV_PMEM_USE_PAGES */
static struct pmem_device *pmem_alloc(phys_addr_t phys_addr, size_t disk_size,