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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC 34/35] arm : acpi workarounds for firmware/linux dependencies

Hi Jan,

On 10/02/2015 18:01, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>> On 10.02.15 at 10:38, <julien.grall@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Why it's working on x86? This big allocation is done via the boot
>> allocator memory (because the system state is early boot). Hopefully, we
>> never have to resize it.
>> On ARM64, ACPI is initialized after the boot allocator has ended, so we
>> have to use xmalloc which will return a page-align pointer.
>> As ACPI on ARM64 will never use the boot allocator,
> How come you're so certain? The reason why on x86 it needs to
> be done this way is because of NUMA initialization. Are you not
> expecting NUMA to become of interest to ARM? Or if you do, are
> you sure you can get away without the same ordering that x86
> uses?

I haven't though about it, sorry. Indeed, sooner or later NUMA
will be interesting for ARM. So yes, the ACPI initialization has
to be done before the boot_end_allocator.

I gave a try and it works for me (see patch below).
Parth, can you include this patch and drop the change about


diff --git a/xen/arch/arm/setup.c b/xen/arch/arm/setup.c
index 6651e78..6c7b3bf 100644
--- a/xen/arch/arm/setup.c
+++ b/xen/arch/arm/setup.c
@@ -600,8 +600,6 @@ static void __init setup_mm(unsigned long dtb_paddr, size_t 
        allocator. */
-    end_boot_allocator();
 #else /* CONFIG_ARM_64 */
 static void __init setup_mm(unsigned long dtb_paddr, size_t dtb_size)
@@ -670,8 +668,6 @@ static void __init setup_mm(unsigned long dtb_paddr, size_t 

     setup_frametable_mappings(ram_start, ram_end);
     max_page = PFN_DOWN(ram_end);
-    end_boot_allocator();

@@ -741,6 +737,12 @@ void __init start_xen(unsigned long boot_phys_offset,

     setup_mm(fdt_paddr, fdt_size);

+    acpi_boot_table_init();
+    end_boot_allocator();
     system_state = SYS_STATE_boot;

@@ -750,7 +752,6 @@ void __init start_xen(unsigned long boot_phys_offset,

 #if defined(CONFIG_ACPI) && defined(CONFIG_ARM_64)
-    acpi_boot_table_init();

     /* Get the boot CPU's MPIDR before cpu logical map is built */
     cpu_logical_map(0) = read_cpuid_mpidr() & MPIDR_HWID_BITMASK;

Julien Grall

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