[RFC/RFT PATCH 0/3] arm64: KVM: work around incoherency with uncached guest mappings

Alexander Graf agraf at suse.de
Tue Mar 3 09:34:08 PST 2015

On 02/19/2015 11:54 AM, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> This is a 0th order approximation of how we could potentially force the guest
> to avoid uncached mappings, at least from the moment the MMU is on. (Before
> that, all of memory is implicitly classified as Device-nGnRnE)
> The idea (patch #2) is to trap writes to MAIR_EL1, and replace uncached mappings
> with cached ones. This way, there is no need to mangle any guest page tables.
> The downside is that, to do this correctly, we need to always trap writes to
> the VM sysreg group, which includes registers that the guest may write to very
> often. To reduce the associated performance hit, patch #1 introduces a fast path
> for EL2 to perform trivial sysreg writes on behalf of the guest, without the
> need for a full world switch to the host and back.
> The main purpose of these patches is to quantify the performance hit, and
> verify whether the MAIR_EL1 handling works correctly.

I gave this a quick spin on a VM running with QEMU.

   * VGA output is still distorted, I get random junk black lines in the 
output in between
   * When I add -device nec-usb-xhci -device usb-kbd the VM doesn't even 
boot up

With TCG, both bits work fine.


> Ard Biesheuvel (3):
>    arm64: KVM: handle some sysreg writes in EL2
>    arm64: KVM: mangle MAIR register to prevent uncached guest mappings
>    arm64: KVM: keep trapping of VM sysreg writes enabled
>   arch/arm/kvm/mmu.c               |   2 +-
>   arch/arm64/include/asm/kvm_arm.h |   2 +-
>   arch/arm64/kvm/hyp.S             | 101 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>   arch/arm64/kvm/sys_regs.c        |  63 ++++++++++++++++++++----
>   4 files changed, 156 insertions(+), 12 deletions(-)

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