[RFC v1 0/4] arm64: MMU enabled kexec kernel relocation

Pavel Tatashin pasha.tatashin at soleen.com
Tue Jul 16 12:26:19 PDT 2019


On Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 3:14 PM Bhupesh Sharma <bhsharma at redhat.com> wrote:
>
> Hi Pavel,
>
> On Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 10:26 PM Pavel Tatashin
> <pasha.tatashin at soleen.com> wrote:
> >
> > Added identity mapped page table, and keep MMU enabled while
> > kernel is being relocated from sparse pages to the final
> > destination during kexec.
> >
> > More description about the problem I am trying to solve here, can be
> > found here:
> > https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190709182014.16052-1-pasha.tatashin@soleen.com/
> >
> > This patch series works in terms, that I can kexec-reboot both in QEMU
> > and on a physical machine. However, I do not see performance improvement
> > during relocation. The performance is just as slow as before with disabled
> > caches.
>
> Thanks for the patchset, but if the changes still don't positively
> impact the kexec-reboot timings, I am not sure we if gain by adding
> these to the kernel.

Hi Bhupesh,

I am not asking to add these to the kernel (hence RFC), I am looking
for help to figure out why the relocation is still slow, once that is
understood I will submit the patches for integration. My previous
patch series fixed the relocation problem by pre-reserving space, but
because the culprit of the problem was narrowed down to disabled
caches it was decided that a better fix would be to do relocation with
MMU still enabled, this is why I created this new series.

>
> Like I mentioned in the previous threads, we have been carrying some
> relevant fixes for the same in Linux distros. I have been trying to
> find time to fix them and send them upstream, but I am caught up with
> some nasty kexec_file_load() issues on arm64 currently.

As I understood, the fixes were for slow purgatory checksum checking,
and not for relocation of there kernel. Are you saying redhat is
carrying some patches that address slow relocation problem as well?

Thank you,
Pasha

>
> So, I will find some time to work on them (may be next week) and will
> Cc you when I post them out after some checks on real physical
> hardware.
>
> Thanks,
> Bhupesh
>
> > Am I missing something? Perhaps, there is some flag that I should also
> > enable in page table? Please provide me with any suggestions.
> >
> > Pavel Tatashin (4):
> >   arm64, mm: identity mapped page table
> >   arm64, kexec: interface preparation for mmu enabled kexec
> >   arm64, kexec: add kexec's own identity page table
> >   arm64: Keep MMU on while kernel is being relocated
> >
> >  arch/arm64/include/asm/ident_map.h  |  26 ++++++
> >  arch/arm64/include/asm/kexec.h      |   5 +-
> >  arch/arm64/kernel/cpu-reset.S       |   8 --
> >  arch/arm64/kernel/cpu-reset.h       |   7 +-
> >  arch/arm64/kernel/machine_kexec.c   | 128 +++++++++++++++++++++-------
> >  arch/arm64/kernel/relocate_kernel.S |  36 +++++---
> >  arch/arm64/mm/Makefile              |   1 +
> >  arch/arm64/mm/ident_map.c           |  99 +++++++++++++++++++++
> >  8 files changed, 255 insertions(+), 55 deletions(-)
> >  create mode 100644 arch/arm64/include/asm/ident_map.h
> >  create mode 100644 arch/arm64/mm/ident_map.c
> >
> > --
> > 2.22.0
> >
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