RFR: 8079315: UseCondCardMark broken in conjunction with CMS precleaning

Aleksey Shipilev aleksey.shipilev at oracle.com
Tue May 12 19:25:11 UTC 2015

On 12.05.2015 22:03, Andrew Haley wrote:
> On 05/12/2015 07:54 PM, Aleksey Shipilev wrote:
>> On 12.05.2015 20:23, Erik Österlund wrote:
>>> Out of curiosity I patched the thing and my fix can be found here: http://cr.openjdk.java.net/~eosterlund/8079315/webrev.v1/ <http://cr.openjdk.java.net/%7Eeosterlund/8079315/webrev.v1/>
>> Wait, how does it work? I presumed you need to poll the serialization page (and then handle the possible trap) in mutator, between storing the reference and reading the card mark. Just mprotect-ing a page does not smell like a serializing event, if you don't actually access the page.
> I think it is, because the kernel has to interrupt every CPU in that
> process to flush its write buffer and TLB.  I can't think of any other
> way of making munmap() work.

If you have a platform with a software-filled TLB, can't you accurately
track what CPUs should perform the TLB shootdowns? Or if there is some
other way for a CPU to communicate the TLB contents back to OS. If that
is in place, then mprotect can only affect the cores that actually
accessed the serialization page. I feel that relying on the premise that
page mapping changes are globally synchronized is dangerous.


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