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Re: [Xen-devel] xen: arm: beginning the removal of mode_switch.S

At 15:07 +0100 on 15 Aug (1376579221), Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Thu, 2013-08-15 at 14:46 +0100, Tim Deegan wrote:
> > At 12:51 +0100 on 15 Aug (1376571083), Ian Campbell wrote:
> > > At the moment it is sufficient to allow us to do away with the
> > > enter_hyp_mode bits and the clock frequency, gic setup etc, along the
> > > lines of the patch below.
> > > 
> > > It doesn't yet allow us to get rid of the kick_cpus stuff. My plan for
> > > platforms which don't do the right thing here would be to add a
> > > mechanism to use dtb /memreserve/ (and teach Xen about that construct)
> > > to carve out a little bit of memory which secondary CPUs could safely be
> > > left spinning in. The platform code would expose its normal interface
> > > (e.g. SYS_FLAGS on vexpress and fastmodel), eventually maybe we'd do
> > > PSCI too (which might let us skip reserving some memory since 2ndary
> > > cpus would be in secure mode and could use the special ram regions
> > > reserved for that)
> > 
> > Sorry, I'm not quite clear -- do you plan to have this bootwrapper
> > handle the spinning CPUs, with a semihosting callback from Xen to
> > release them?  That sounds pretty good.
> Yes to spinning, no to semihosting (that's model specific).
> On vexpress native this would be handled by writing the start paddr to
> SYS_FLAGS and doing a "sev", which will wake up the secondaries (which
> are spinning doing wfe) and cause them to jump to that address, so I
> would expect the wrapper to implement the same but spinning in NS HYP
> mode instead -- in fact the code is there already but I haven't tried it
> (bet its broken).
> Other platforms have similar mechanisms and I would expect the
> bootwrapper to do something similar and mimic whatever the mechanism is
> in NS HYP mode.

Ah, OK.  And the release code is in C in xen so it can be a
model-specific routine that knows how the bootwrapper has set things up?


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