RFC: IOMMU/AMD: Error Handling

From: Suravee Suthikulanit
Date: Mon Apr 29 2013 - 15:45:53 EST


We are in the process of implementing AMD IOMMU error handling, and I would like some comments from you and the community.

Currently, the AMD IOMMU driver only reports events from the event log in the dmesg, and does not try to handle them in case of errors. AMD IOMMU errors can be categorized as device-specific errors and IOMMU errors.

1. For IOMMU errors such as:
If the error is detected during IOMMU initialization, we could disable IOMMU and proceed. If the error occurs after IOMMU is initialized, we won't be able to recover from this, and might need to result in panic.

2. For device-specific errors such as:
We think the AMD IOMMU driver should try to isolate the device. This involves blocking device transactions at IOMMU DTE and tries to disable the device (e.g. calling the remove(struct pci_dev *pdev) interface generally provides by device drivers). This could prevents the device from continuing to fail and to risk of system instability.

3. In case of posted memory write transaction, device driver might not be aware that the transaction has failed and blocked at IOMMU. If there is no HW IOMMU, I believe this is handled by PCI error handling code. If the IOMMU hardware reporth such case, could this potentially leverage the Linux IOMMU fault handling interface, iommu_set_fault_handler() and report_iommu_fault(), to communicate to device driver or PCI driver?

Any feedback or comments are appreciated.

Thank you,

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