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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH v2] spapr: Ensure all LMBs are represented i

From: Nathan Fontenot
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH v2] spapr: Ensure all LMBs are represented in ibm, dynamic-memory
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2016 11:02:04 -0500
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On 06/06/2016 09:47 AM, Bharata B Rao wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 06, 2016 at 09:14:48AM -0500, Nathan Fontenot wrote:
>> On 06/06/2016 06:37 AM, Bharata B Rao wrote:
>>> Memory hotplug can fail for some combinations of RAM and maxmem when
>>> DDW is enabled in the presence of devices like nec-usb-xhci. DDW depends
>>> on maximum addressable memory returned by guest and this value is currently
>>> being calculated wrongly by the guest kernel routine memory_hotplug_max().
>>> While there is an attempt to fix the guest kernel, this patch works
>>> around the problem within QEMU itself.
>>> memory_hotplug_max() routine in the guest kernel arrives at max
>>> addressable memory by multiplying lmb-size with the lmb-count obtained
>>> from ibm,dynamic-memory property. There are two assumptions here:
>>> - All LMBs are part of ibm,dynamic memory: This is not true for PowerKVM
>>>   where only hot-pluggable LMBs are present in this property.
>>> - The memory area comprising of RAM and hotplug region is contiguous: This
>>>   needn't be true always for PowerKVM as there can be gap between
>>>   boot time RAM and hotplug region.
>>> To work around this guest kernel bug, ensure that ibm,dynamic-memory
>>> has information about all the LMBs (RMA, boot-time LMBs, future
>>> hotpluggable LMBs, and dummy LMBs to cover the gap between RAM and
>>> hotpluggable region).
>>> RMA is represented separately by address@hidden node. Hence mark RMA LMBs
>>> and also the LMBs for the gap b/n RAM and hotpluggable region as
>>> reserved so that these LMBs are not recounted/counted by guest.
>> What does qemu do if a guest tries to add or remove a reserved LMB?
> Currently in this approach, LMBs belonging two regions are marked as
> reserved:
> - RMA region
> - Gap b/n end of RAM and beginning of hotplug region
> Any hotplug attempts to above regions will be refused by QEMU as they
> don't fall under the hotplug memory region.

That's good. I wanted to make sure that this wouldn't break anything
with the current memory hotplug code paths.

>> Asking because the current guest code (drmgr and kernel) does not
>> take the reserved flag into consideration when searching for lmbs to
>> add/remove. This seems like something I should be fixed on the guest
>> side.
> Oh ok, but as I said earlier QEMU won't send hotplug request for such
> LMBs.

Yes, but that doesn't stop a user from running the drmgr command and
making a request.

> However, I am seeing that when I mark RMA LMBs as reserved in
> ibm,dynamic-memory and create separate address@hidden to represent RMA, guest 
> is
> just ignoring those LMBs and not doing double detection of RMA memory.
> Same is true for the reserved LMBs that I put in ibm,dyanamic-memory
> to cover the gap b/n RAM and hotplug region. Guest isn't not
> considering this.
> Do you still see any problems ?

This should be fine. The boot-up code ignores any LMB that has the
'reserved' flag set.


> Regards,
> Bharata.

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