Re: [PATCH] arm64: KVM: export current vcpu->pause state via pseudo regs

From: Peter Maydell
Date: Thu Jul 31 2014 - 13:04:56 EST

On 31 July 2014 17:57, Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Il 09/07/2014 15:55, Alex BennÃe ha scritto:
>> To cleanly restore an SMP VM we need to ensure that the current pause
>> state of each vcpu is correctly recorded. Things could get confused if
>> the CPU starts running after migration restore completes when it was
>> paused before it state was captured.
>> I've done this by exposing a register (currently only 1 bit used) via
>> the GET/SET_ONE_REG logic to pass the state between KVM and the VM
>> controller (e.g. QEMU).
>> Signed-off-by: Alex BennÃe <alex.bennee@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> ---
>> arch/arm64/include/uapi/asm/kvm.h | 8 +++++
>> arch/arm64/kvm/guest.c | 61 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
>> 2 files changed, 68 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> Since it's a pseudo register anyway, would it make sense to use the
> existing KVM_GET/SET_MP_STATE ioctl interface?

That appears to be an x86-specific thing relating to
IRQ chips.

> How is this represented within QEMU in TCG mode?

We don't implement it in TCG yet; Rob Herring has posted
patches but they had a few minor issues (didn't compile
on non-Linux hosts). The answer will be 'in a "bool powered_off"
flag in struct ARMCPU'.

> Also, how is KVM/ARM
> representing (and passing to QEMU) the halted state of the

We don't. In ARM the equivalent of x86 HLT (which is
WFI, wait-for-interrupt) is allowed to resume at any time.
So we don't need to care about saving and restoring
whether we were sat in a WFI at point of migration.

-- PMM
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