Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2 1/3] xen/pvh: enable and set default MTRR type

From: Andrew Cooper
Date: Wed May 09 2018 - 06:56:48 EST

On 09/05/18 11:21, Roger Pau Monne wrote:
> On PVH MTRR is not initialized by the firmware (because there's no
> firmware), so the kernel is started with MTRR disabled which means all
> memory accesses are UC.
> So far there have been no issues (ie: slowdowns) caused by this
> because PVH only supported DomU mode without passed-through devices,
> so Xen was using WB as the default memory type instead of UC.
> Fix this by enabling MTRR and setting the default type to WB. Linux
> will use PAT to set the actual memory cache attributes.
> Signed-off-by: Boris Ostrovsky <boris.ostrovsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Roger Pau Monnà <roger.pau@xxxxxxxxxx>

I'd argue that this is a bug in PVH starting state.

Do you know what mechanism is used to bodge things to WB in the first
place? I'm not sure that setting the default MTRR type is going to be a
clever idea in hindsight when we come to doing PCI Passthrough support.