[RFC KERNEL PATCH 0/2] Add Dom0 NVDIMM support for Xen

From: Haozhong Zhang
Date: Sun Oct 09 2016 - 20:35:41 EST

This RFC kernel patch series along with corresponding patch series of
Xen, QEMU and ndctl implements Xen vNVDIMM, which can map the host
NVDIMM devices to Xen HVM domU as vNVDIMM devices.

Xen hypervisor does not include an NVDIMM driver, so it needs the
assistance from the driver in Dom0 Linux kernel to manage NVDIMM
devices. We currently only supports NVDIMM devices in pmem mode.

Design and Implementation
The complete design can be found at

All patch series can be found at
Xen: https://github.com/hzzhan9/xen.git nvdimm-rfc-v1
QEMU: https://github.com/hzzhan9/qemu.git xen-nvdimm-rfc-v1
Linux kernel: https://github.com/hzzhan9/nvdimm.git xen-nvdimm-rfc-v1
ndctl: https://github.com/hzzhan9/ndctl.git pfn-xen-rfc-v1

Xen hypervisor needs assistance from Dom0 Linux kernel for following tasks:
1) Reserve an area on NVDIMM devices for Xen hypervisor to place
memory management data structures, i.e. frame table and M2P table.
2) Report SPA ranges of NVDIMM devices and the reserved area to Xen

For 1), Patch 1 implements a new mode PFN_MODE_XEN to pfn devices, which
make the reservation for Xen hypervisor.

For 2), Patch 2 uses a new Xen hypercall to report the address
information of pfn devices in PFN_MODE_XEN.

How to test
Please refer to the cover letter of Xen patch series
"[RFC XEN PATCH 00/16] Add vNVDIMM support to HVM domains".

Haozhong Zhang (2):
nvdimm: add PFN_MODE_XEN to pfn device for Xen usage
xen, nvdimm: report pfn devices in PFN_MODE_XEN to Xen hypervisor

drivers/nvdimm/namespace_devs.c | 2 ++
drivers/nvdimm/nd.h | 7 +++++
drivers/nvdimm/pfn_devs.c | 37 +++++++++++++++++++++---
drivers/nvdimm/pmem.c | 61 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
drivers/xen/Makefile | 2 +-
drivers/xen/pmem.c | 53 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/pfn_t.h | 2 ++
include/xen/interface/platform.h | 13 +++++++++
include/xen/pmem.h | 32 +++++++++++++++++++++
9 files changed, 201 insertions(+), 8 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 drivers/xen/pmem.c
create mode 100644 include/xen/pmem.h