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SubjectRe: [V2 PATCH 0/6] x86, NMI: give NMI handler a face-lift
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On Thu, 2010-11-18 at 15:08 -0500, Don Zickus wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 01:51:44PM -0600, Jason Wessel wrote:
> > > So the problem is when the nmi watchdog is enabled, the perf event is
> > > 'active' and thus tries to read the counter value. Because it is always
> > > zero, perf just assumes the counter overflowed and the NMI is his.
> > >
> > > Not sure how to fix it yet, other than include the logic that detects we
> > > are on a guest and disable perf??
> > >
> > >
> >
> > I highly doubt we want to disable perf. I would rather use the source
> > and fix the nmi emulation in KVM/Qemu after we hear back the results
>
> Well I think Peter does not have a positive opinion about emulating perf
> inside a guest.

Well, I'll let someone else write it.. I tihnk its pretty pointless to
have, the whole virt layer totally destroys many (if not all) useful
metrics.

But I don't have a problem with full msr emulation, what I do not like
is a direct msr passthough bypassing perf.

> Nor are the KVM folks having much success in doing so.

Just busy doing other stuff I guess.. Jes was going to prod at it at
some point.

> Just to clarify, perf counter emulation is _not_ implemented in kvm.
> Therefore disabling perf in the guest makes sense until someone gets
> around to actually writing the emulation code for perf in a guest. :-)

Right, which is what I proposed, on init do a checking_wrmsrl() on a
known PMU reg, KVM/qemu should fault on that.. (I'd prefer it if they'd
also fault on reading it too).




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