[PATCH v4 18/21] KVM: ARM64: Add PMU overflow interrupt routing

Shannon Zhao shannon.zhao at linaro.org
Tue Dec 1 08:26:12 PST 2015

On 2015/12/1 23:41, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> The reason is that when guest clear the overflow register, it will trap
>> >to kvm and call kvm_pmu_sync_hwstate() as you see above. At this moment,
>> >the overflow register is still overflowed(that is some bit is still 1).
>> >So We need to use some flag to mark we already inject this interrupt.
>> >And if during guest handling the overflow, there is a new overflow
>> >happening, the pmu->irq_pending will be set ture by
>> >kvm_pmu_perf_overflow(), then it needs to inject this new interrupt, right?
> I don't think so. This is a level interrupt, so the level should stay
> high as long as the guest hasn't cleared all possible sources for that
> interrupt.
> For your example, the guest writes to PMOVSCLR to clear the overflow
> caused by a given counter. If the status is now 0, the interrupt line
> drops. If the status is still non zero, the line stays high. And I
> believe that writing a 1 to PMOVSSET would actually trigger an
> interrupt, or keep it high if it has already high.
Right, writing 1 to PMOVSSET will trigger an interrupt.

> In essence, do not try to maintain side state. I've been bitten.

So on VM entry, it check if PMOVSSET is zero. If not, call 
kvm_vgic_inject_irq to set the level high. If so, set the level low.
On VM exit, it seems there is nothing to do.


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