[PATCH 0/9] arm64: KVM: debug infrastructure support

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Mon May 19 02:28:32 PDT 2014

On Mon, May 19 2014 at 10:05:42 am BST, Anup Patel <anup.patel at linaro.org> wrote

Hi Anup,

> Overall the patchset looks good to me.
> The debug register usage by Guest will be very rare
> so a lazy save/restore makes lot-of-sense here.
> The only concern here is that amount of time spend in
> world-switch will increase for Guest once Guest starts
> accessing debug registers.
> I was wondering if it is possible to detect that Guest
> has stopped using debug HW and we can mark debug
> state as clean. (or something similar)

If you look carefully at patch #8 (last hunk of the patch), you'll see
that I always reset the debug state to "clean" at the end of a guest

@@ -609,6 +1040,12 @@ __kvm_vcpu_return:
        bl __restore_sysregs
        bl __restore_fpsimd
+       skip_clean_debug_state x3, 1f
+       // Clear the dirty flag for the next run
+       str     xzr, [x0, #VCPU_DEBUG_FLAGS]
+       bl      __restore_debug
        mov     x0, x1

This ensures that the guest's debug state will only be reloaded if:

- MDSCR_EL1 has either MDE or KDE set (which means the guest is actively
using the debug infrastructure)
- or the guest has written to a trapped register (which marks the state
as dirty).

I don't think we can do less work than this. Or can we?


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