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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/2] Detect stalls on guest vCPUS
On Sat, Apr 23, 2022 at 08:51:16AM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 22, 2022 at 02:19:48PM +0000, Sebastian Ene wrote:
> > This adds a mechanism to detect stalls on the guest vCPUS by creating a
> > per CPU hrtimer which periodically 'pets' the host backend driver.
> >
> > This device driver acts as a soft lockup detector by relying on the host
> > backend driver to measure the elapesed time between subsequent 'pet' events.
> > If the elapsed time doesn't match an expected value, the backend driver
> > decides that the guest vCPU is locked and resets the guest. The host
> > backend driver takes into account the time that the guest is not
> > running. The communication with the backend driver is done through MMIO
> > and the register layout of the virtual watchdog is described as part of
> > the backend driver changes.
> >
> > The host backend driver is implemented as part of:
> >
> >
> > Changelog v2:
> > - move the driver to misc as this does not cope with watchdog core
> > subsystem

Hello Greg,

> Wait, why does it not cope with it? That's not documented anywhere in
> your patch that adds the driver. In fact, most of the text here needs
> to be in the changelog for the driver submission, not thrown away in the
> 00/XX email that will never end up in the kernel tree.
> thanks,
> greg k-h

From the previous feedback that I received on this patch it seems that
watchdog core is not intended to be used for this type of driver. This
watchdog device tracks the elapsed time on a per-cpu basis,
since KVM schedules vCPUs independently. Watchdog core is not intended
to detect CPU stalls and the drivers don't have a notion of CPU.


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