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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH v9 7/8] ptp: arm64: Enable ptp_kvm for arm64
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Hi Marc,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org>
> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020 6:35 PM
> To: Jianyong Wu <Jianyong.Wu@arm.com>
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> Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 7/8] ptp: arm64: Enable ptp_kvm for arm64
>
> Hi Jianyong,
>
> On 2020-01-10 10:15, Jianyong Wu wrote:
> > Hi Marc,
>
> [...]
>
> >> >> > + ktime_overall = hvc_res.a0 << 32 | hvc_res.a1;
> >> >> > + *ts = ktime_to_timespec64(ktime_overall);
> >> >> > + *cycle = hvc_res.a2 << 32 | hvc_res.a3;
> >> >>
> >> >> So why isn't that just a read of the virtual counter, given that
> >> >> what you do in the hypervisor seems to be "cntpct - cntvoff"?
> >> >>
> >> >> What am I missing here?
> >> >>
> >> > We need get clock time and counter cycle at the same time, so we
> >> > can't just read virtual counter at guest and must get it from host.
> >>
> >> See my comment in my reply to patch #6: *Must* seems like a very
> >> strong word, and you don't explain *why* that's better than just
> >> computing the total hypercall cost. Hint: given the frequency of the
> >> counter (in the few MHz
> >> range) vs the frequency of a CPU (in the multiple GHz range, and with
> >> an IPC close enough to 1), I doubt that you'll see the counter making
> >> much progress across a hypercall.
> >>
> > Sorry, I will avoid to use those strong words.
> >
> > It's really the case that the hypercall won't across cycle in general.
> > But sometimes, kernel preempt
> > may happen in the middle of the hypercall which we can't assume how
> > long before schedule back. so it's better capture them together at the
> > same time.
>
> Fair enough. Please document the rational, as I guess others will ask the
> same questions.
>
Ok

> Then the problem to solve is that of the reference counter, as you so far
> assume the virtual counter. I guess you need to be able to let the guest
> select the reference counter when calling the PTP service.
>
I could not come up with an idea about the point where the guest give this info of counter value.
Where we give that interface to ptp service, as it's not a user space application.

> [...]
>
> > By the way, does nested virtualization diff between arm64 and arm32?
>
> There is no nested virt for 32bit (it is explicitly forbidden by the architecture).
>
Ok, thanks

Thanks
Jianyong

> M.
> --
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