[Qemu-devel] arm64 qemu tests failing in linux-next since 'arm64: kernel: enforce pmuserenr_el0 initialization and restore'

Guenter Roeck linux at roeck-us.net
Thu Jan 7 09:13:22 PST 2016

On 01/07/2016 08:56 AM, Peter Maydell wrote:
> On 7 January 2016 at 16:37, Lorenzo Pieralisi <lorenzo.pieralisi at arm.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 07, 2016 at 03:58:15PM +0000, Peter Maydell wrote:
>>> On 7 January 2016 at 15:53, Lorenzo Pieralisi <lorenzo.pieralisi at arm.com> wrote:
>>>> Ok, thanks for looking into this. I wonder why reading pmcr_el0 does
>>>> not suffer from the same problem though.
>>> Just a pragmatic thing on QEMU's end, I expect -- the kernel already
>>> touched PMCR_EL0 and we wanted to be able to boot it, so we have an
>>> implementation of it.
>> If that's the case, that was the wrong approach IMHO. QEMU has to comply
>> with the Aarch64 architecture which means that either the CPU it models
>> has a Performance Monitors extension or it does not. If reading pmcr_el0
>> does not fault I could tell you this is a QEMU regression because currently
>> it _does_ model pmcr_el0 while (hopefully) ID_AA64DFR0_EL1 PMUVer reports
>> it should not.
> I agree it's a bug, but QEMU simply doesn't have enough
> developers to become fully compliant with the architecture (ie to
> implement every part of it completely). So we concentrate on the
> parts that people are actually using, and fill in the rest and
> fix the bugs as time permits or as real guest software starts to
> use it.
> If you want a guaranteed matches-the-architecture software model
> of an ARM CPU then other models are available :-)
I think it would be better to convince ARM to put some manpower into
enhancing qemu, instead of telling them to use some other model ;-).


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