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SubjectRE: [Regression, bisected] a3e06bbe8445f57eb949e6474c5a9b30f24d2057: KVM: emulate lapic tsc deadline timer for guest"
Alexey Zaytsev wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 11:26, Liu, Jinsong <>
> wrote:
>> Alexey Zaytsev wrote:
>>> On Tue, Dec 20, 2011 at 10:53, Liu, Jinsong <>
>>> wrote:
>>>> Alexey Zaytsev wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 11:37, Alexey Zaytsev
>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>> On Mon, Dec 12, 2011 at 10:13, Liu, Jinsong
>>>>>> <> wrote:
>>>>>>> Alexey Zaytsev wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hi.
>>>>>>>> After a recent change, qemu --enable-kvm (both 0.15.92 and 1.0)
>>>>>>>> fails to boot illumos. The OS gets stuck pretty late in the
>>>>>>>> boot process, without any hints from the guest. MDB (the
>>>>>>>> illumos kenrnel debugger) failed to clarify the situation at
>>>>>>>> once, the kernel seems to be stuck idling. I've bisected the
>>>>>>>> problem to commit a3e06bbe8445f57eb949e6474c5a9b30f24d2057.
>>>>>>>> Please let me know if you need me to collect any debug
>>>>>>>> information or test any patches.
>>>>>>> Alexey,
>>>>>>> Does illumos use tsc deadline timer? and do you run it at Intel
>>>>>>> platform?
>>>>>>> If yes, would you please help me to collect debug information by
>>>>>>> add some printk points at kvm tsc deadline timer logic?
>>>>>>> currently I totally have no clue to figure out what the issue
>>>>>>> root from :) and, would you please check illumos tsc deadline
>>>>>>> timer logic by confirm whether illumos 1). Enumerate tsc
>>>>>>> deadline timer capability by CPUID; 2). Enable tsc deadline
>>>>>>> timer mode by lapic MMIO; 3). Start tsc deadline timer by WRMSR;
>>>>>> I think, here's what's going on. We get into
>>>>>> kvm_get_lapic_tscdeadline_msr/kvm_set_lapic_tscdeadline_msr, but
>>>>>> qemu does not use the KVM_CREATE_IRQCHIP ioctl, so we are running
>>>>>> without vcpu->arch.apic and the functions do nothing. And the
>>>>>> Linux guest just handles broken tsc a lot  better, so it
>>>>>> survives. Both guests seem to work fine with qemu-kvm, which
>>>>>> uses the ioctl.
>>>>> Hi. Do you need any more info on thins?
>>>> Seems illumos works fine w/ qemu-kvm, that's enough. Maybe you need
>>>> to wait qemu-kvm sync into qemu?
>>> Qemu-kvm is fine for me, but this is a regression and should be
>>> fixed.
>> Sorry, I haven't your environment to debug illumos regression.
>> I don't think it directly related to kvm tsc deadline timer, and I
>> think it's no value to do it now, since for linux guest it works
>> fine w/ both qemu & qemu-kvm,
>> for illumos guest you just need wait qemu-kvm sync into qemu.
> Let me clarify the situation.
> Before this commit, the tsc was advertised in cpuid, and it was
> handled, if I understand things correctly, by qemu.
> After this commit, the tsc is advertised in cpuid, and is handled in
> the kernel, but only after qemu issues KVM_CREATE_IRQCHIP. If it does
> not issue the ioctl, the kernel just discards any wrmsrs done to the
> tsc. This does not look like an Illumos problem to me. Linux guests
> kind of work here, because they are prepared to work on utterly
> broken hardware. Good for you, but please don't break less-prepared
> guests.
> You can just run a Linux guest in qemu, and see what happens in
> kvm_get_lapic_tscdeadline_msr and kvm_set_lapic_tscdeadline_msr.

I double checked kvm tsc deadline timer patch, make sure your issue not *directly* related to the patch. I guess it maybe a qemu bug (which not exist at Avi's qemu-kvm).
Can you tell me where do you pull qemu? I used Avi's qemu-kvm tree, but can try your environment.

and, would you please tell me
1). which emulated pic/ioapic/lapic logic do you use, qemu or of kvm?
2). has illumos enabled tsc deadline timer, and it wrmsr MSR_IA32_TSCDEADLINE (0x6e0)?

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