[RFC PATCH] KVM: PPC: BOOK3S: HV: THP support for guest

Alexander Graf agraf at suse.de
Wed May 7 01:23:18 EST 2014

On 05/06/2014 05:06 PM, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:
> Alexander Graf <agraf at suse.de> writes:
>> On 05/06/2014 11:26 AM, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>>> On Tue, 2014-05-06 at 11:12 +0200, Alexander Graf wrote:
> .....
> I updated the commit message as below. Let me know if this is ok.
>      KVM: PPC: BOOK3S: HV: THP support for guest

This has nothing to do with THP.

>      On recent IBM Power CPUs, while the hashed page table is looked up using
>      the page size from the segmentation hardware (i.e. the SLB), it is
>      possible to have the HPT entry indicate a larger page size.  Thus for
>      example it is possible to put a 16MB page in a 64kB segment, but since
>      the hash lookup is done using a 64kB page size, it may be necessary to
>      put multiple entries in the HPT for a single 16MB page.  This
>      capability is called mixed page-size segment (MPSS).  With MPSS,
>      there are two relevant page sizes: the base page size, which is the
>      size used in searching the HPT, and the actual page size, which is the
>      size indicated in the HPT entry. [ Note that the actual page size is
>      always >= base page size ].
>      We advertise MPSS feature to guest only if the host CPU supports the
>      same. We use "ibm,segment-page-sizes" device tree node to advertise
>      the MPSS support. The penc encoding indicate whether we support
>      a specific combination of base page size and actual page size
>      in the same segment. It is also the value used in the L|LP encoding
>      of HPTE entry.
>      In-order to support MPSS in guest, KVM need to handle the below details
>      * advertise MPSS via ibm,segment-page-sizes
>      * Decode the base and actual page size correctly from the HPTE entry
>        so that we know what we are dealing with in H_ENTER and and can do

Which code path exactly changes for H_ENTER?

>        the appropriate TLB invalidation in H_REMOVE and evictions.

Apart from the grammar (which is pretty broken for the part that is not 
copied from Paul) and the subject line this sounds quite reasonable.


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