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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC dontapply] kvm_para: add mmio word store hypercall
On 03/26/2012 12:08 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>
> > > + gpa = hc_gpa(vcpu, a1, a2);
> > > + if (!write_mmio(vcpu, gpa, 2, &a0) && run) {
> >
> > What's this && run thing?
>
> I'm not sure - copied this from another other place in emulation:
> arch/x86/kvm/x86.c:4953: if (!write_mmio(vcpu, gpa, 2, &a0) && run)
>
> I assumed there's some way to trigger emulation while VCPU does not run.
> No?

Not the way you initialize run above.

>
> >
> > > + run->exit_reason = KVM_EXIT_MMIO;
> > > + run->mmio.phys_addr = gpa;
> > > + memcpy(run->mmio.data, &a0, 2);
> > > + run->mmio.len = 2;
> > > + run->mmio.is_write = 1;
> > > + r = 0;
> > > + }
> > > + goto noret;
> >
> > What if the address is in RAM?
> > Note the guest can't tell if a piece of memory is direct mapped or
> > implemented as mmio.
>
> True but doing hypercalls for memory which can be
> mapped directly is bad for performance - it's
> the reverse of what we are trying to do here.

It's bad, but the guest can't tell.

Suppose someone implements virtio in hardware and we pass it through to
a guest. It should continue working, no?

> The intent is to use this for virtio where we can explicitly let the
> guest know whether using a hypercall is safe.
>
> Acceptable? What do you suggest?

It's iffy.

What's the performance gain from this thing?


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error compiling committee.c: too many arguments to function



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