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Re: [question] Shall we flush ITS tables into guest RAM when shutdown th

From: Kunkun Jiang
Subject: Re: [question] Shall we flush ITS tables into guest RAM when shutdown the VM?
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2021 16:18:52 +0800
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Hi Eric,

On 2021/6/30 17:16, Eric Auger wrote:

On 6/30/21 3:38 AM, Kunkun Jiang wrote:
On 2021/6/30 4:14, Eric Auger wrote:
Hi Kunkun,

On 6/29/21 11:33 AM, Kunkun Jiang wrote:
Hi all,

Accroding to the patch cddafd8f353d2d251b1a5c6c948a577a85838582,
our original intention is to flush the ITS tables into guest RAM at
the point
RUN_STATE_FINISH_MIGRATE, but sometimes the VM gets stopped before
migration launch so let's simply flush the tables each time the VM gets

But I encountered an error when I shut down the virtual machine.

qemu-system-aarch64: KVM_SET_DEVICE_ATTR failed: Group 4 attr
0x0000000000000001: Permission denied
Shall we need to flush ITS tables into guest RAM when 'shutdown' the
Or do you think this error is normal?
yes we determined in the past this was the right moment do save the

"with a live migration the guest is still running after
the RAM has been first saved, and so the tables may still change
during the iterative RAM save. You would actually need to do this
at just the point we stop the VM before the final RAM save; that *might*
be possible by using a notifier hook a vm run state change to
- if you can do the changes just as the migration flips into that mode
it *should* work. " said David.

But sometimes as the commit msg says, the VM is stopped before the
migration launch - I do not remember the exact scenario tbh -.
Well, I initially wanted to know more about this scenario to determine
a normal shutdown would fall into it.😂
I think it was for save/restore use case. In that case you need to flush
the KVM cache in memory on VM shutdown.
Sorry for late reply.

Can we distinguish from the 'RunState'?
When we stop the VM, the RunState will be set. There are many types of

Maybe RUN_STATE_SHUTDOWN doesn't belong to save/restore use case,
In my opinion, when the virtual machine is normally shutdown, flushing
ITS tables is not necessary. If we can't tell the difference between
'normal shutdown'
and the above scenario, then this 'error' is inevitable.
So each time the VM is stopped we flush the caches into guest RAM.

This error occurs in the following scenario:
Kunpeng 920 、enable GICv4、passthrough a accelerator Hisilicon SEC to
the VM.

The flow is as follows:

              vm_change_state_handler (hw/intc/arm_gicv3_its_kvm.c)


There is such a code in vgic_its_save_itt():
   * If an LPI carries the HW bit, this means that this
   * interrupt is controlled by GICv4, and we do not
   * have direct access to that state without GICv4.1.
   * Let's simply fail the save operation...
if (ite->irq->hw && !kvm_vgic_global_state.has_gicv4_1)
            return -EACCES;
Maybe we miss a piece of code for 4.0 that unsets the forwarding. The
only way to handle this is to make sure  ite->irq->hw is not set on
shutdown, no?
It's not going to return -EACCES here, if we unset the forwarding first. But
this may cause problems in save/restore scenarios. The GICv4 architecture
doesn't give any guarantee that the pending state is written into the
pending table.

Kunkun Jiang

As far as I understand you need a v4.1 to migrate,
following Shenming's series
[PATCH v5 0/6] KVM: arm64: Add VLPI migration support on GICv4.1
Maybe sync with him?
Yes, GICv4 does not support live migrate.

Kunkun Jiang


Looking forward to your reply.

Kunkun Jiang



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