[PATCH v18 00/18] KVM RISC-V Support

Paolo Bonzini pbonzini at redhat.com
Fri May 21 10:21:12 PDT 2021

On 21/05/21 19:13, Palmer Dabbelt wrote:
> I don't view this code as being in a state where it can be
> maintained, at least to the standards we generally set within the
> kernel.  The ISA extension in question is still subject to change, it
> says so right at the top of the H extension 
> <https://github.com/riscv/riscv-isa-manual/blob/master/src/hypervisor.tex#L4>
>   {\bf Warning! This draft specification may change before being 
>   accepted as standard by the RISC-V Foundation.}

To give a complete picture, the last three relevant changes have been in
August 2019, November 2019 and May 2020.  It seems pretty frozen to me.

In any case, I think it's clear from the experience with Android that
the acceptance policy cannot succeed.  The only thing that such a policy
guarantees, is that vendors will use more out-of-tree code.  Keeping a
fully-developed feature out-of-tree for years is not how Linux is run.

> I'm not sure where exactly the line for real hardware is, but for
> something like this it would at least involve some chip that is
> widely availiable and needs the H extension to be useful

Anup said that "quite a few people have already implemented RISC-V
H-extension in hardware as well and KVM RISC-V works on real HW as 
well".  Those people would benefit from having KVM in the Linus tree.


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