[PATCH v2] powernv: kvm: make _PAGE_NUMA take effect

Aneesh Kumar K.V aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Mon Jan 27 21:28:45 EST 2014

Alexander Graf <agraf at suse.de> writes:

> On 21.01.2014, at 10:42, Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>> Liu Ping Fan <kernelfans at gmail.com> writes:
>>> To make sure that on host, the pages marked with _PAGE_NUMA result in a fault
>>> when guest access them, we should force the checking when guest uses hypercall
>>> to setup hpte.
>>> Signed-off-by: Liu Ping Fan <pingfank at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>> Reviewed-by: Aneesh Kumar K.V <aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>> When we mark pte with _PAGE_NUMA we already call mmu_notifier_invalidate_range_start and
>> mmu_notifier_invalidate_range_end, which will mark existing guest hpte
>> entry as HPTE_V_ABSENT. Now we need to do that when we are inserting new
>> guest hpte entries. This patch does that. 
> So what happens next? We insert a page into the HTAB without
> HPTE_V_VALID set, so the guest will fail to use it. If the guest does
> an H_READ on it it will suddenly turn to V_VALID though?

As per the guest the entry is valid, so yes an hread should return a
valid entry. But in real hpte we would mark it not valid.

> I might need a crash course in the use of HPTE_V_ABSENT.

When guest tries to access the address, the host will handle the fault.

kvmppc_hpte_hv_fault should give more info


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