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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC 0/4] xen/pvhvm: fix shared_info and pirq issues with kexec

David Vrabel <david.vrabel@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> On 15/07/14 14:40, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:
>> With this patch series I'm trying to address several issues with kexec on 
>> pvhvm:
>> - shared_info issue (1st patch, just sending Olaf's work with Konrad's fix)
>> - create specific pvhvm shutdown handler for kexec (2nd patch)
>> - GSI PIRQ issue (3rd patch, I'm pretty confident that it does the right 
>> thing)
>> - MSI PIRQ issue (4th patch, and I'm not sure it doesn't break anything -> 
>> RFC)
>> This patch series can be tested on single vCPU guest. We still have SMP 
>> issues with
>> pvhvm guests and kexec which require additional fixes.
> In addition to the fixes for multi-VCPU guests, what else remains?

I'm aware of grants and ballooned out pages.

> What's the plan for handling granted pages?

(if I got the design right) we have two issues:

1) Pages we grant access to other domains. We have the list so we can
try doing gnttab_end_foreign_access for all unmapped grants but there is
nothing we can do with mapped ones from guest. We can either assume that
all such usages are short-term and try waiting for them to finish or we
need to do something like force-unmap from hypervisor side.

2) Pages we mapped from other domains. There is no easy way to collect
all grant handles from different places in kernel atm so I can see two
possible solutions:
- we keep track of all handles with new kernel structure in guest and
unmap them all on kexec/kdump.
- we introduce new GNTTABOP_reset which does something similar to

There is nothing we need to do with transferred grants (and I don't see
transfer usages in kernel).

Please correct me if I'm wrong.

> I don't think we want to accept a partial solution unless the known
> non-working configurations fail fast on kexec load.

*I think* we can leave ballooned out pages out of scope for now.


> David


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