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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v8 15/15] xen: add new Xen cpuid node for max address width info

>>> On 20.09.17 at 14:58, <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 20/09/17 14:18, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 20.09.17 at 08:34, <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On very large hosts a guest needs to know whether it will have to
>> ... a PV guest ...
> What about a HVM guest with (potentially) more than 16TB?

Such a guest knows how much memory it has without querying Xen.

>>> handle frame numbers larger than 32 bits in order to select the
>>> appropriate grant interface version.
>>> Add a new Xen specific CPUID node to contain the maximum guest address
>>> width
>> "guest address width" is ambiguous here, the more when looking at
>> what you actually return. We should no longer allow ourselves to
>> mix up the different address spaces.
> I've chosen "guest address width" similar to the "guest frame number"
> we already have: it is MFN based for PV and PFN based for HVM (and ARM).
> I'm open for a better name.

If the interface is needed for other than PV, then the term likely
is fine. But for a PV only interface I'd prefer it to be "machine

>> The limit you want to report
>> here is that in MFN space, which ought to be of no relevance to
>> HVM guests. Therefore I'm against uniformly exposing this (as much
>> as almost no other host property should have any relevance for
>> HVM guests), and would instead like to see a PV-only leaf just like
>> we already have a HVM only one.
> As said above: a HVM guest needs to know whether it will have to deal
> with frame numbers >32 bits, too.
> For HVM guests this would just be a hint that the host might be large
> enough for this to happen, as even today a HVM guest could in theory
> reorganize its memory map to have parts of the memory above the 16TB
> border even with only rather small amounts of memory. But this would
> be the problem of the guest then.

A HVM guest booted with less than 16Tb and then being pushed
up beyond that boundary would still know in advance that this
could happen - the SRAT table would tell it what hotplug regions
there are.


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