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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/7] Pseudo-NMI for arm64 using ICC_PMR_EL1 (GICv3)
On 01/04/15 16:15, Dave P Martin wrote:
> Apologies for the slow reply... :/
> Anyway,
> On Mon, Mar 23, 2015 at 06:47:53PM +0000, Daniel Thompson wrote:
>> On 20/03/15 15:45, Dave Martin wrote:
>>> On Wed, Mar 18, 2015 at 02:20:21PM +0000, Daniel Thompson wrote:
>>>> This patchset provides a pseudo-NMI for arm64 kernels by reimplementing
>>>> the irqflags macros to modify the GIC PMR (the priority mask register is
>>>> accessible as a system register on GICv3 and later) rather than the
>>>> PSR. The pseudo-NMI changes are support by a prototype implementation of
>>>> arch_trigger_all_cpu_backtrace that allows the new code to be exercised.
> Minor nit: the "pseudo NMI" terminology could lead to confusion if
> something more closely resembling a real NMI comes along.
> I'll have to have a think, but nothing comes to mind right now...
> [...]
>>>> 3. Requires GICv3+ hardware together with firmware support to enable
>>>> enabled the kernel will not boot on older hardware. It will be hard
>>>> to diagnose because we will crash very early in the boot (i.e.
>>>> before the call to start_kernel). Auto-detection might be possible
>>>> but the performance and code size cost of adding conditional code to
>>>> the irqflags macros probably makes it impractical. As such it may
>>>> never be possible to remove this limitation (although it might be
>>>> possible to find a way to survive long enough to panic and show the
>>>> results on the console).
>>> This can (and should) be done via patching -- otherwise we risk breaking
>>> single kernel image for GICv2+v3.
>> Do you mean real patching (hunting down all those inlines and
>> rewrite them) or simply implementing irqflags with an ops table? If
>> the former I didn't look at this because I didn't release we could
>> do that...
> A generic patching framework was introduced by Andre Przywara in this
> patch:
> e039ee4 arm64: add alternative runtime patching
> I believe you should be able to use this to patch between DAIF and
> ICC_PMR accesses.
> You should be able to find examples of this framework being used by
> grepping. I've not played with it myself yet.

To follow-up on this, I have a few patches queued that use the runtime
patching code to deal with GICv3 in KVM:

The first few patches are already queued for v4.1, and the rest should
follow shortly after.


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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