[PATCH v16 8/9] doc: add ptp_kvm introduction for arm64 support
jianyong.wu at arm.com
Wed Dec 9 01:09:31 EST 2020
PTP_KVM implementation depends on hypercall using SMCCC. So we
introduce a new SMCCC service ID. This doc explains how does the
ID define and how does PTP_KVM works on arm/arm64.
Signed-off-by: Jianyong Wu <jianyong.wu at arm.com>
Documentation/virt/kvm/api.rst | 9 +++++++
Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/index.rst | 1 +
Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/ptp_kvm.rst | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++
Documentation/virt/kvm/timekeeping.rst | 35 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++
4 files changed, 76 insertions(+)
create mode 100644 Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/ptp_kvm.rst
diff --git a/Documentation/virt/kvm/api.rst b/Documentation/virt/kvm/api.rst
index e00a66d72372..3769cc2f7d9c 100644
@@ -6390,3 +6390,12 @@ When enabled, KVM will disable paravirtual features provided to the
guest according to the bits in the KVM_CPUID_FEATURES CPUID leaf
(0x40000001). Otherwise, a guest may use the paravirtual features
regardless of what has actually been exposed through the CPUID leaf.
+This capability indicates that KVM virtual PTP service is supported in host.
+It must company with the implementation of KVM virtual PTP service in host
+so VMM can probe if there is the service in host by checking this capability.
diff --git a/Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/index.rst b/Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/index.rst
index 3e2b2aba90fc..78a9b670aafe 100644
@@ -10,3 +10,4 @@ ARM
diff --git a/Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/ptp_kvm.rst b/Documentation/virt/kvm/arm/ptp_kvm.rst
new file mode 100644
@@ -0,0 +1,31 @@
+.. SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
+PTP_KVM support for arm/arm64
+PTP_KVM is used for time sync between guest and host in a high precision.
+It needs to get the wall time and counter value from the host and transfer these
+to guest via hypercall service. So one more hypercall service has been added.
+This new SMCCC hypercall is defined as:
+* ARM_SMCCC_HYP_KVM_PTP_FUNC_ID: 0x86000001
+As both 32 and 64-bits ptp_kvm client should be supported, we choose SMC32/HVC32
+ ============= ========== ==========
+ Function ID: (uint32) 0x86000001
+ Arguments: (uint32) ARM_PTP_PHY_COUNTER(1) or ARM_PTP_VIRT_COUNTER(0)
+ which indicate acquiring physical counter or
+ virtual counter respectively.
+ Return Value: val0(uint32) NOT_SUPPORTED(-1) or upper 32 bits of wall clock time(64-bits).
+ val1(uint32) Lower 32 bits of wall clock time.
+ val2(uint32) Upper 32 bits of counter cycle(64-bits).
+ val3(uint32) Lower 32 bits of counter cycle.
+ Endianness: No Restrictions.
+ ============= ========== ==========
+More info see section 5 in Documentation/virt/kvm/timekeeping.rst.
diff --git a/Documentation/virt/kvm/timekeeping.rst b/Documentation/virt/kvm/timekeeping.rst
index 21ae7efa29ba..c81383e38372 100644
@@ -13,6 +13,7 @@ Timekeeping Virtualization for X86-Based Architectures
2) Timing Devices
3) TSC Hardware
4) Virtualization Problems
+ 5) KVM virtual PTP clock
@@ -643,3 +644,37 @@ by using CPU utilization itself as a signalling channel. Preventing such
problems would require completely isolated virtual time which may not track
real time any longer. This may be useful in certain security or QA contexts,
but in general isn't recommended for real-world deployment scenarios.
+5. KVM virtual PTP clock
+NTP (Network Time Protocol) is often used to sync time in a VM. Unfortunately,
+the precision of NTP is limited due to unknown delays in the network.
+KVM virtual PTP clock (PTP_KVM) offers another way to sync time in VM; use the
+host's clock rather than one from a remote machine. Having a synchronization
+mechanism for the virtualization environment allows us to keep all the guests
+running on the same host in sync.
+In general, the delay of communication between host and guest is quite
+small, so ptp_kvm can offer time sync precision up to in order of nanoseconds.
+Please keep in mind that ptp_kvm just limits itself to be a channel which
+transmits the remote clock from host to guest. An application, eg. chrony, is
+needed in usersapce of VM in order to set the guest time.
+After ptp_kvm is initialized, there will be a new device node under /dev called
+ptp%d. A guest userspace service, like chrony, can use this device to get host
+walltime, sometimes also counter cycle, which depends on the service it calls.
+Then this guest userspace service can use those data to do the time sync for
+The following is the work flow of ptp_kvm:
+a) time sync service in guest userspace call ioctl on ptp device /dev/ptp%d.
+b) ptp_kvm module in guest receives this request then invokes hypercall to
+ route into host kernel to request host's walltime/counter cycle.
+c) ptp_kvm hypercall service on the host responds to the request and sends data
+d) ptp in guest copies the data to userspace.
+ptp_kvm consists of components running on the guest and host. Step 2 consists of
+a guest driver making a hypercall whilst step 3 involves the hypervisor responding
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