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Re: [Xen-devel] ARM Generic Timer interrupt

On 05/28/2014 11:10 AM, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Tue, 2014-05-27 at 13:11 +0100, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
>>> But, I have question:
>>> Should the Hypervisor masks virtual timer IRQ on his own?
>>> It is a guest's resource and the guest itself should decide what to do.
>>> For example, I see that Linux Kernel (3.8) sets and clears timer interrupt 
>>> mask by itself.
>> In principle I agree with you that the vtimer is a guest resource.
>> However in practice if we don't mask the irq we can easily get into an
>> interrupt storm situation: if the guest doesn't handle the interrupt
>> immediately we could keep receiving the vtimer irq in the hypervisor and
>> busy loop around it.
> Do we not do a priority drop on the interrupt when we receive it, so we
> won't get any more interrupts from the timer until it acks the
> interrupt?

The timer interrupt is acked directly by Xen. We can't wait the guest
VCPU as EOI the interrupt because the guest may have move to another
pCPU by this time.

If so, you will lose the interrupt timer on this pCPU forever.


Julien Grall

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