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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 09/18] arm64: KVM: enable conditional save/restore full SPE profiling buffer controls
On 2020-01-07 15:13, Andrew Murray wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 21, 2019 at 02:13:25PM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> On Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:30:16 +0000
>> Andrew Murray <> wrote:
>> [somehow managed not to do a reply all, re-sending]
>> > From: Sudeep Holla <>
>> >
>> > Now that we can save/restore the full SPE controls, we can enable it
>> > if SPE is setup and ready to use in KVM. It's supported in KVM only if
>> > all the CPUs in the system supports SPE.
>> >
>> > However to support heterogenous systems, we need to move the check if
>> > host supports SPE and do a partial save/restore.
>> No. Let's just not go down that path. For now, KVM on heterogeneous
>> systems do not get SPE.
> At present these patches only offer the SPE feature to VCPU's where the
> sanitised AA64DFR0 register indicates that all CPUs have this support
> (kvm_arm_support_spe_v1) at the time of setting the attribute
> Therefore if a new CPU comes online without SPE support, and an
> existing VCPU is scheduled onto it, then bad things happen - which I
> guess
> must have been the intention behind this patch.

I guess that was the intent.

>> If SPE has been enabled on a guest and a CPU
>> comes up without SPE, this CPU should fail to boot (same as exposing a
>> feature to userspace).
> I'm unclear as how to prevent this. We can set the FTR_STRICT flag on
> the sanitised register - thus tainting the kernel if such a non-SPE CPU
> comes online - thought that doesn't prevent KVM from blowing up. Though
> I don't believe we can prevent a CPU coming up. At the moment this is
> my preferred approach.

I'd be OK with this as a stop-gap measure. Do we know of any existing
design where only half of the CPUs have SPE?

> Looking at the vcpu_load and related code, I don't see a way of saying
> 'don't schedule this VCPU on this CPU' or bailing in any way.

That would actually be pretty easy to implement. In vcpu_load(), check
that that the CPU physical has SPE. If not, raise a request for that
In the run loop, check for that request and abort if raised, returning
to userspace.

Userspace can always check /sys/devices/arm_spe_0/cpumask and work out
where to run that particular vcpu.

> One solution could be to allow scheduling onto non-SPE VCPUs but wrap
> the
> SPE save/restore code in a macro (much like kvm_arm_spe_v1_ready) that
> reads the non-sanitised feature register. Therefore we don't go bang,
> but
> we also increase the size of any black-holes in SPE capturing. Though
> this
> feels like something that will cause grief down the line.
> Is there something else that can be done?

How does userspace deal with this? When SPE is only available on half of
the CPUs, how does perf work in these conditions?


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