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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 3/7] acpi: apei: Add SEI notification type support for ARMv8
Hi Dongjiu Geng,

(versions of patches 1,2 and 4 have been queued by Catalin)

(Nit 'ACPI / APEI:' is the normal subject prefix for ghes.c, this helps the
maintainers know which patches they need to pay attention to when you are
touching multiple trees)

On 06/01/18 16:02, Dongjiu Geng wrote:
> ARMv8.2 requires implementation of the RAS extension.

> In
> this extension, it adds SEI(SError Interrupt) notification
> type, this patch adds new GHES error source SEI handling
> functions.

This reads as if this patch is handling SError RAS notifications generated by a
CPU with the RAS extensions. These are about CPU->Software notifications. APEI
and GHES are a firmware first mechanism which is Software->Software.
Reading the v8.2 documents won't help anyone with the APEI/GHES code.

Please describe this from the ACPI view, "ACPI 6.x adds support for NOTIFY_SEI
as a GHES notification mechanism... ", its up to the arch code to spot a v8.2
RAS Error based on the cpu caps.


> This error source parsing and handling method
> is similar with the SEA.

There are problems with doing this:

Oct. 18, 2017, 10:26 a.m. James Morse wrote:
| How do SEA and SEI interact?
|
| As far as I can see they can both interrupt each other, which isn't something
| the single in_nmi() path in APEI can handle. I thinks we should fix this
| first.

[..]

| SEA gets away with a lot of things because its synchronous. SEI isn't. Xie
| XiuQi pointed to the memory_failure_queue() code. We can use this directly
| from SEA, but not SEI. (what happens if an SError arrives while we are
| queueing memory_failure work from an IRQ).
|
| The one that scares me is the trace-point reporting stuff. What happens if an
| SError arrives while we are enabling a trace point? (these are static-keys
| right?)
|
| I don't think we can just plumb SEI in like this and be done with it.
| (I'm looking at teasing out the estatus cache code from being x86:NMI only.
| This way we solve the same 'cant do this from NMI context' with the same
| code'.)


I will post what I've got for this estatus-cache thing as an RFC, its not ready
to be considered yet.


> Expose API ghes_notify_sei() to external users. External
> modules can call this exposed API to parse APEI table and
> handle the SEI notification.

external modules? You mean called by the arch code when it gets this NOTIFY_SEI?


Thanks,

James

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