[PATCH 2/2] KVM: PPC: Book3E: Get vcpu's last instruction for emulation
scottwood at freescale.com
Thu Jul 11 04:42:42 EST 2013
On 07/10/2013 05:15:09 AM, Alexander Graf wrote:
> On 10.07.2013, at 02:06, Scott Wood wrote:
> > On 07/09/2013 04:44:24 PM, Alexander Graf wrote:
> >> On 09.07.2013, at 20:46, Scott Wood wrote:
> >> > I suspect that tlbsx is faster, or at worst similar. And unlike
> comparing tlbsx to lwepx (not counting a fix for the threading
> problem), we don't already have code to search the guest TLB, so
> testing would be more work.
> >> We have code to walk the guest TLB for TLB misses. This really is
> just the TLB miss search without host TLB injection.
> >> So let's say we're using the shadow TLB. The guest always has its
> say 64 TLB entries that it can count on - we never evict anything by
> accident, because we store all of the 64 entries in our guest TLB
> cache. When the guest faults at an address, the first thing we do is
> we check the cache whether we have that page already mapped.
> >> However, with this method we now have 2 enumeration methods for
> guest TLB searches. We have the tlbsx one which searches the host TLB
> and we have our guest TLB cache. The guest TLB cache might still
> contain an entry for an address that we already invalidated on the
> host. Would that impose a problem?
> >> I guess not because we're swizzling the exit code around to
> instead be an instruction miss which means we restore the TLB entry
> into our host's TLB so that when we resume, we land here and the
> tlbsx hits. But it feels backwards.
> > Any better way? Searching the guest TLB won't work for the LRAT
> case, so we'd need to have this logic around anyway. We shouldn't
> add a second codepath unless it's a clear performance gain -- and
> again, I suspect it would be the opposite, especially if the entry is
> not in TLB0 or in one of the first few entries searched in TLB1. The
> tlbsx miss case is not what we should optimize for.
> So let's redesign this thing theoretically. We would have an exit
> that requires an instruction fetch. We would override
> kvmppc_get_last_inst() to always do kvmppc_ld_inst(). That one can
> fail because it can't find the TLB entry in the host TLB. When it
> fails, we have to abort the emulation and resume the guest at the
> same IP.
> Now the guest gets the TLB miss, we populate, go back into the guest.
> The guest hits the emulation failure again. We go back to
> kvmppc_ld_inst() which succeeds this time and we can emulate the
That's pretty much what this patch does, except that it goes
immediately to the TLB miss code rather than having the extra
round-trip back to the guest. Is there any benefit from adding that
extra round-trip? Rewriting the exit type instead doesn't seem that
> I think this works. Just make sure that the gateway to the
> instruction fetch is kvmppc_get_last_inst() and make that failable.
> Then the difference between looking for the TLB entry in the host's
> TLB or in the guest's TLB cache is hopefully negligible.
I don't follow here. What does this have to do with looking in the
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