Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 1/7] xen-pciback: Document the various parameters and attributes in SysFS

From: Andrew Cooper
Date: Wed Jul 09 2014 - 10:23:24 EST

On 09/07/14 15:13, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 09, 2014 at 03:05:56PM +0100, Andrew Cooper wrote:
>> On 09/07/14 14:59, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>>>> +What: /sys/bus/pci/drivers/pciback/irq_handler_state
>>>>> +Date: Oct 2011
>>>>> +KernelVersion: 3.1
>>>>> +Contact: xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>>> +Description:
>>>>> + An option to toggle Xen PCI back to acknowledge (or stop)
>>>>> + interrupts for the specific device regardless of whether the
>>>>> + device is shared, enabled, or on a level interrupt line.
>>>>> + Writing a string of DDDD:BB:DD.F will toggle the state.
>>>>> + This is Domain:Bus:Device.Function where domain is optional.
>>>> I do not understand under what circumstances this should be used in.
>>> So that dom0 does not disable the IRQ line as it would be getting the IRQs
>>> for the guest as well (because the IRQ line is level and another guest
>>> uses an PCI device that is using the same line).
>> Why is this relevant? Xen (and Xen alone) actually controls this aspect
>> of interrupts. Xen manages passing line level interrupts to any domain
>> which might have a device hanging off a particular line, and has to wait
>> until all domains have EOI'd the line until it can clear the interrupt
>> at the IO-APIC.
> Because Linux will think there is an IRQ storm as the event->IRQ points
> to the default one. And then it will mask the event, which means dom0
> will mask the PIRQ, and Xen will then also mask the IRQ.

Xen will (and by this I mean 'should', and this was the behaviour last
time I delved in there) only mask the IRQ if dom0 is the only consumer
of these interrupts.

For any PCIPassthrough, dom0 will get line interrupts for passed-through
devices, but in this case pci-back should always handle the line
interrupts so Linux doesn't block them as an IRQ storm.

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