[RFC PATCH v2 0/6] KVM: PPC: Nested PAPR guests

Jordan Niethe jniethe5 at gmail.com
Sat Jun 10 11:46:28 AEST 2023

On Wed, Jun 7, 2023 at 3:54 PM Nicholas Piggin <npiggin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon Jun 5, 2023 at 4:48 PM AEST, Jordan Niethe wrote:
> > There is existing support for nested guests on powernv hosts however the
> > hcall interface this uses is not support by other PAPR hosts.
> I kind of liked it being called nested-HV v1 and v2 APIs as short and
> to the point, but I suppose that's ambiguous with version 2 of the v1
> API, so papr is okay. What's the old API called in this scheme, then?
> "Existing API" is not great after patches go upstream.

Yes I was trying for a more descriptive name but it is just more
confusing and I'm struggling for a better alternative.

In the next revision I'll use v1 and v2. For version 2 of v1
we now call it v1.2 or something like that?

> And, you've probably explained it pretty well but slightly more of
> a background first up could be helpful. E.g.,
>   A nested-HV API for PAPR has been developed based on the KVM-specific
>   nested-HV API that is upstream in Linux/KVM and QEMU. The PAPR API
>   had to break compatibility to accommodate implementation in other
>   hypervisors and partitioning firmware.
> And key overall differences
>   The control flow and interrupt processing between L0, L1, and L2
>   in the new PAPR API are conceptually unchanged. Where the old API
>   is almost stateless, the PAPR API is stateful, with the L1 registering
>   L2 virtual machines and vCPUs with the L0. Supervisor-privileged
>   register switching duty is now the responsibility for the L0, which
>   holds canonical L2 register state and handles all switching. This
>   new register handling motivates the "getters and setters" wrappers
>   ...

I'll include something along those lines.


> Thanks,
> Nick

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