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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v3 4/6] psci: Add hvc call service for ptp_kvm.
On 19/09/2019 12:07, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 19/09/19 11:46, Jianyong Wu (Arm Technology China) wrote:
>>> On 18/09/19 11:57, Jianyong Wu (Arm Technology China) wrote:
>>>> Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>>>>> This is not Y2038-safe. Please use ktime_get_real_ts64 instead, and
>>>>> split the 64-bit seconds value between val[0] and val[1].
>> Val[] should be long not u32 I think, so in arm64 I can avoid that Y2038_safe, but
>> also need rewrite for arm32.
> I don't think there's anything inherently wrong with u32 val[], and as
> you notice it lets you reuse code between arm and arm64. It's up to you
> and Marc to decide.
>>>>> However, it seems to me that the new function is not needed and you
>>>>> can just use ktime_get_snapshot. You'll get the time in
>>>>> systime_snapshot->real and the cycles value in systime_snapshot->cycles.
>>>> See patch 5/6, I need both counter cycle and clocksource,
>>> ktime_get_snapshot seems only offer cycles.
>>> No, patch 5/6 only needs the current clock (ptp_sc.cycles is never accessed).
>>> So you could just use READ_ONCE(tk->tkr_mono.clock).
>> Yeah, patch 5/6 just need clocksource, but I think tk->tkr_mono.clock can't read in external like module,
>> So I need an API to expose clocksource.
>>> However, even then I don't think it is correct to use ptp_sc.cs blindly in patch
>>> 5. I think there is a misunderstanding on the meaning of
>>> system_counterval.cs as passed to get_device_system_crosststamp.
>>> system_counterval.cs is not the active clocksource; it's the clocksource on
>>> which system_counterval.cycles is based.
>> I think we can use system_counterval_t as pass current clocksource to system_counterval_t.cs and its
>> corresponding cycles to system_counterval_t.cycles. is it a big problem?
> Yes, it is. Because...
>>> Hypothetically, the clocksource could be one for which ptp_sc.cycles is _not_
>>> a cycle value. If you set system_counterval.cs to the system clocksource,
>>> get_device_system_crosststamp will return a bogus value.
>> Yeah, but in patch 3/6, we have a corresponding pair of clock source and cycle value. So I think there will be no
>> that problem in this patch set.
>> In the implementation of get_device_system_crosststamp:
>> "
>> ...
>> if (tk->tkr_mono.clock != system_counterval.cs)
>> return -ENODEV;
>> ...
>> "
>> We need tk->tkr_mono.clock passed to get_device_system_crosststamp, just like patch 3/6 do, otherwise will return error.
> ... if the hypercall returns an architectural timer value, you must not
> pass tk->tkr.mono.clock to get_device_system_crosststamp: you must pass
> &clocksource_counter. This way, PTP is disabled when using any other
> clocksource.
>>> So system_counterval.cs should be set to something like
>>> &clocksource_counter (from drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c).
>>> Perhaps the right place to define kvm_arch_ptp_get_clock_fn is in that file?
>> I have checked that ptp_sc.cs is arch_sys_counter.
>> Also move the module API to arm_arch_timer.c will looks a little
>> ugly and it's not easy to be accept by arm side I think.
> I don't think it's ugly but more important, using tk->tkr_mono.clock is
> incorrect. See how the x86 code hardcodes &kvm_clock, it's the same for
> ARM.

Not really. The guest kernel is free to use any clocksource it wishes.
In some cases, it is actually desirable (like these broken systems that
cannot use an in-kernel irqchip...). Maybe it is that on x86 the guest
only uses the kvm_clock, but that's a much harder sell on ARM. The fact
that ptp_kvm assumes that the clocksource is fixed doesn't seem correct
in that case.

Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny...

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