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SubjectRe: [PATCH] reserve RAM below PHYSICAL_START
On Wed, Feb 27, 2008 at 01:33:25AM +0100, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> Hello,
>
> this patch allows to prevent linux from using the ram below
> PHYSICAL_START.
>
> The "reserved RAM" can be mapped by virtualization software with to
> create a 1:1 mapping between guest physical (bus) address and host
> physical (bus) address. This will allow pci passthrough with DMA for
> the guest with current production hardware that misses VT-d. The only
> detail to take care of is the ram marked "reserved RAM failed". The
> virtualization software must create for the guest an e820 map that
> only includes the "reserved RAM" regions but if the guest touches
> memory with guest physical address in the "reserved RAM failed" ranges
> (linux guest will do that even if the ram isn't present in the e820
> map), it should provide that as ram and map it with a not-ident
> mapping. This should allow any linux kernel to run fine with pci
> passthrough and hopefully any other OS too with all VT enabled
> hardware.
>
> (the virtualization software should do if (pfn_valid(gfn))
> get_page(pfn_to_page(gfn)) instead of get_user_pages and equivalent
> check in the release path)
>
> The trampoline page marked as "reserved RAM failed" can be easily
> relocated near 640k with an incremental patch to avoid an e820 hole at
> 0x6000 if any bootloader or OS gets confused.
>
> The end of the patch are just bugfixes. However the limit of the
> reserved ram is 1G... this can also be relaxed with an incremental
> patch later on if needed (currently 1G is enough). Perhaps this has
> other usages.
>
> Let me know if this can be merged, thanks!
>

I don't know much about pci passthrough thing, but in a nutshell it
looks like you just want a way to reserve memory in host which is not
used by host and then also reserve a virtual range in host where you
can create another set of mapping for that reserved memory?

Can't you just provide a command line parameter to reserve a section
of memory, the way crashkernel=X@Y parameter does?

[..]
> diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
> --- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
> +++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
> @@ -1109,8 +1109,36 @@ config CRASH_DUMP
> (CONFIG_RELOCATABLE=y).
> For more details see Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt
>
> +config RESERVE_PHYSICAL_START
> + bool "Reserve all RAM below PHYSICAL_START (EXPERIMENTAL)"
> + depends on !RELOCATABLE && X86_64
> + help

What prevents you from doing this for RELOCATABLE kernels?

[..]
> #ifndef __ASSEMBLY__
> struct e820entry {
> diff --git a/include/asm-x86/page_64.h b/include/asm-x86/page_64.h
> --- a/include/asm-x86/page_64.h
> +++ b/include/asm-x86/page_64.h
> @@ -29,6 +29,7 @@
> #define __PAGE_OFFSET _AC(0xffff810000000000, UL)
>
> #define __PHYSICAL_START CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START
> +#define __PHYSICAL_OFFSET (__PHYSICAL_START-0x200000)
> #define __KERNEL_ALIGN 0x200000
>
> /*
> @@ -47,7 +48,7 @@
> #define __PHYSICAL_MASK_SHIFT 46
> #define __VIRTUAL_MASK_SHIFT 48
>
> -#define KERNEL_TEXT_SIZE (40*1024*1024)
> +#define KERNEL_TEXT_SIZE (40*1024*1024+__PHYSICAL_OFFSET)

Why are you changing this? What is __PHYSICAL_OFFSET? Are you expanding
the kernel text/data region so that you can additionally map this
reserved area?

If yes, I think probably we should have a separate area altoghether to
map this reserved area than expanding existing kernel text/data region.

Thanks
Vivek


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