Re: [PATCH v4 1/9] clocksource: arm_arch_timer: Gather KVM specific information in a structure

From: Marc Zyngier
Date: Tue Mar 29 2016 - 13:32:25 EST


On 29/03/16 18:13, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
> On 03/24/2016 06:53 PM, Julien Grall wrote:
>> Introduce a structure which are filled up by the arch timer driver and
>> used by the virtual timer in KVM.
>> The first member of this structure will be the timecounter. More members
>> will be added later.
>> A stub for the new helper isn't introduced because KVM requires the arch
>> timer for both ARM64 and ARM32.
>> The function arch_timer_get_timecounter is kept for the time being and
>> will be dropped in a subsequent patch.
>> Signed-off-by: Julien Grall <julien.grall@xxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@xxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Cc: Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@xxxxxxx>
>> Changes in v3:
>> - Rename the patch
>> - Move the KVM changes and removal of arch_timer_get_timecounter
>> in separate patches.
>> ---
>> drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c | 12 +++++++++---
>> include/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.h | 5 +++++
>> 2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c b/drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c
>> index 5152b38..62bdfe7 100644
>> --- a/drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c
>> +++ b/drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c
>> @@ -468,11 +468,16 @@ static struct cyclecounter cyclecounter = {
>> .mask = CLOCKSOURCE_MASK(56),
>> };
>> -static struct timecounter timecounter;
>> +static struct arch_timer_kvm_info arch_timer_kvm_info;
> This structure is statically defined in this subsystem but not used in
> this file and a couple of a accessors is added to let another subsystem
> to access it.
> That sounds there is something wrong here with the design of the current
> code, virt/phys are mixed.
> It isn't possible to split the virt/phys timer code respectively in
> virt/kvm/arm/arch_timer.c and drivers/clocksource/arm_arch_timer.c ?

No, that'd be the wrong thing to do. The kernel uses *either* the virt
or phys timer depending on how it has been booted, and both counters are
in use.

What KVM (or any other hypervisor) needs from the timer subsystem is:
- an interrupt (so that it can force a guest exit when the timer fires),
- a way to convert the values programmed into the HW into a timer event
(which is what the time counter structure is for).

That allows the hypervisor to *emulate* a timer for the guest, and
that's what virt/kvm/arm/arch_timer.c is all about. We have a clear
separation of what is driving the HW vs what is emulating it, and I'm
quite eager to preserve that.

> At least, 'struct arch_timer_kvm_info' should belong to
> virt/kvm/arm/arch_timer.c.

At the cost of mandating separate storage in the arm_arch_timer driver.
I do not find that much nicer, but if you prefer that, fine by me.


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