Re: [PATCH v2 1/3] KVM: x86: Allow CPU to force vendor-specific TDP level
From: Yu Zhang
Date: Mon Aug 09 2021 - 02:42:46 EST
On Sun, Aug 08, 2021 at 11:33:44PM -0500, Wei Huang wrote:
> On 8/8/21 11:27 PM, Yu Zhang wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 08, 2021 at 11:11:40PM -0500, Wei Huang wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > On 8/8/21 10:58 PM, Yu Zhang wrote:
> > > > On Sun, Aug 08, 2021 at 02:26:56PM -0500, Wei Huang wrote:
> > > > > AMD future CPUs will require a 5-level NPT if host CR4.LA57 is set.
> > > >
> > > > Sorry, but why? NPT is not indexed by HVA.
> > >
> > > NPT is not indexed by HVA - it is always indexed by GPA. What I meant is NPT
> > > page table level has to be the same as the host OS page table: if 5-level
> > > page table is enabled in host OS (CR4.LA57=1), guest NPT has to 5-level too.
> > I know what you meant. But may I ask why?
> I don't have a good answer for it. From what I know, VMCB doesn't have a
> field to indicate guest page table level. As a result, hardware relies on
> host CR4 to infer NPT level.
I guess you mean not even in the N_CR3 field of VMCB?
Then it's not a broken design - it's a limitation of SVM. :)