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[Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH 0/9] S390x KVM support

From: Alexander Graf
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: [PATCH 0/9] S390x KVM support
Date: Mon, 02 Nov 2009 21:23:02 +0100
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Carsten Otte wrote:
> Avi Kivity wrote:
>> So why not do it for this instruction as well?  Instead of updating
>> the psw, return a success/error code and let the kernel update psw.
> It's not a single instruction, but a set of reasons we need the psw in
> userspace:
> - for logging the instruction address on exits
> - to check if a wait-type psw is active, and if so to switch between:
>     - enabled wait psws, where interrupts could wake the cpu (aka
>       /halt, which needs to be handled in-kernel)
>     - disabled wait psws, where CPUs are suspended due to cpu
>           hotremove, system dump on panic
> - to handle cpus in stopped state, typically on regular
>   reboots/shutdowns
> - for setting the condition code during implementation of:
>   - all s/390 I/O instructions
>   - IPI for restarting remote CPUs (that are not in KVM_RUN)
>   - IPI for storing remote CPU status into the remote cpu's lowcore page
>   - IPI for resetting remote CPUs
>   - for all IPIs where the remote CPU is not known to the kernel, such
>     as the detection loop for all 65535 cpu slots on startup of the
>     guest kernel
>   - for interpretion of service calls (usually to the machine's service
>     processor)
> - virtio I/O
> The sweet thing about having the psw in userspace is that for almost
> all above reasons, there's nothing more than the psw that we need to
> have in order to perform that operation. Giving the 128-bit psw to
> userspace does simply save us having special cases for above list,
> with an exit_reason and a struct for each of them.

Any progress on the patch? This is really important to make KVM work
properly on S390. I'd even go as far as suggesting it for linux-stable.


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