[PATCH v2 0/3] Fix several bugs in KVM stage 2 translation

Marc Zyngier maz at kernel.org
Wed Dec 2 07:23:11 EST 2020

Hi Yanan,


> BTW: there are two more things below that I want to talk about.
> 1.  Recently, I have been focusing on the ARMv8.4-TTRem feature which
> is aimed at changing block size in stage 2 mapping.
> I have a plan to implement this feature for stage 2 translation when
> splitting a block into tables or merging tables into a block.
> This feature supports changing block size without performing
> *break-before-make*, which might have some improvement on performance.
> What do you think about this?

It would be interesting if you can demonstrate some significant
performance improvements compared to the same workload with BBM.

I'm not completely convinced this would change much, given that
it is only when moving from a table to a block mapping that you
can elide BBM when the support level is 1 or 2. As far as I can
tell, this only happens in the "stop logging" case.

Is that something that happens often enough to justify the added
complexity? Having to handle TLB Conflict Abort is annoying, for

> 2. Given that the issues we discussed before were found in practice
> when guest state changes from dirty logging to dirty logging canceled.
> I could add a test file testing on this case to selftests/ or kvm unit
> tests/, if it's necessary.

That would be awesome, and I'd be very grateful if you did. It is the
second time we break this exact case, and having a reliable way to
verify it would definitely help.


Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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