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SubjectRe: [V2 PATCH 0/6] x86, NMI: give NMI handler a face-lift
On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 09:30:33PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> 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).

Reading the kvm code in arch/x86/kernel/kvm/x86.c, it seems like they do
_not_ fault on writes, only on some (which don't include a bunch of the
perfctrs). The reason seems to be to prevent older distros from falling
apart that could not handle those faults properly.

I thought about a patch like this, but it only works for kvm and doesn't
really solve the problem for other virt-machines like xen and vmware.

Cheers,
Don


diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.c
index bbe3c4a..ef7119e 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/perf_event.c
@@ -493,6 +493,10 @@ static int x86_setup_perfctr(struct perf_event *event)

static int x86_pmu_hw_config(struct perf_event *event)
{
+
+ if (perf_guest_cbs && !perf_guest_cbs->is_perfctr_emulated())
+ return -EOPNOTSUPP;
+
if (event->attr.precise_ip) {
int precise = 0;

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c b/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
index 2288ad8..58203ea 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
@@ -4600,10 +4600,16 @@ static unsigned long kvm_get_guest_ip(void)
return ip;
}

+static int kvm_is_perfctr_emulated(void)
+{
+ return 0;
+}
+
static struct perf_guest_info_callbacks kvm_guest_cbs = {
.is_in_guest = kvm_is_in_guest,
.is_user_mode = kvm_is_user_mode,
.get_guest_ip = kvm_get_guest_ip,
+ .is_perfctr_emulated = kvm_is_perfctr_emulated,
};

void kvm_before_handle_nmi(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
diff --git a/include/linux/perf_event.h b/include/linux/perf_event.h
index 057bf22..9cb500b 100644
--- a/include/linux/perf_event.h
+++ b/include/linux/perf_event.h
@@ -469,6 +469,7 @@ struct perf_guest_info_callbacks {
int (*is_in_guest) (void);
int (*is_user_mode) (void);
unsigned long (*get_guest_ip) (void);
+ int (*is_perfctr_emulated) (void);
};

#ifdef CONFIG_HAVE_HW_BREAKPOINT

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