[RFC,v2,01/12] drm/i915/svm: Add SVM documentation
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Message ID 20191213215614.24558-2-niranjana.vishwanathapura@intel.com
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Niranjana Vishwanathapura Dec. 13, 2019, 9:56 p.m. UTC
Add Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) support information.

Cc: Joonas Lahtinen <joonas.lahtinen@linux.intel.com>
Cc: Jon Bloomfield <jon.bloomfield@intel.com>
Cc: Daniel Vetter <daniel.vetter@intel.com>
Cc: Sudeep Dutt <sudeep.dutt@intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Niranjana Vishwanathapura <niranjana.vishwanathapura@intel.com>
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 Documentation/gpu/i915.rst | 29 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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diff --git a/Documentation/gpu/i915.rst b/Documentation/gpu/i915.rst
index e539c42a3e78..0bc999963489 100644
--- a/Documentation/gpu/i915.rst
+++ b/Documentation/gpu/i915.rst
@@ -415,6 +415,35 @@  Object Tiling IOCTLs
 .. kernel-doc:: drivers/gpu/drm/i915/gem/i915_gem_tiling.c
    :doc: buffer object tiling
 
+Shared Virtual Memory (SVM)
+---------------------------
+
+Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) allows the programmer to use a single virtual
+address space which will be shared between threads executing on CPUs and GPUs.
+It abstracts away from the user the location of the backing memory, and hence
+simplifies the user programming model.
+SVM supports two types of virtual memory allocation methods.
+Runtime allocator requires the driver to provide memory allocation and
+management interface, like buffer object (BO) interface.
+Whereas system allocator makes use of default OS memory allocation and
+management support like malloc().
+
+Linux kernel has a Heterogeneous Memory Management (HMM) framework to
+Support SVM system allocator. HMM’s address space mirroring support allows
+sharing of the address space by duplicating sections of CPU page tables in the
+device page tables. This enables both CPU and GPU access a physical memory
+location using the same virtual address. Linux kernel also provides the ability
+to plugin device memory with the system (as a special ZONE_DEVICE type) and
+allocates struct page for each device memory page. It also provides a mechanism
+to migrate pages from host to device memory and vice versa.
+More information on HMM can be found here.
+https://www.kernel.org/doc/Documentation/vm/hmm.rst
+
+i915 supports both SVM system and runtime allocator. As PCIe is a non-coherent
+bus, it plugs in device memory as DEVICE_PRIVATE and no memory access across
+PCIe link is allowed. Any such access will trigger migration of the page/s
+or BOs before the memory is accessed.
+
 Microcontrollers
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