On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 11:31:45AM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
I don't think that really represents how lots of apps actually
RDMA is often buried down in the software stack (eg in a MPI), and by
the time a mapping gets used for RDMA transfer the link between the
FD, mmap and the MR is totally opaque.
Having a MR specific notification means the low level RDMA libraries
have a chance to deal with everything for the app.
Eg consider a HPC app using MPI that uses some DAX aware library to
get DAX backed mmap's. It then passes memory in those mmaps to the
MPI library to do transfers. The MPI creates the MR on demand.
I suspect one of the more interesting use cases might be a file server,
for which that's not the case. But otherwise I agree with the above,
and also thing that notifying the MR handle is the only way to go for
another very important reason: fencing. What if the application/library
does not react on the notification? With a per-MR notification we
can unregister the MR in kernel space and have a rock solid fencing
mechanism. And that is the most important bit here.