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SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/3] arm_arch_timer: introduce arch_timer_stolen_ticks
On 03/05/13 11:43, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> On Thu, 2 May 2013, Christopher Covington wrote:
>>> So the virtual timer should appear to have been running even while time
>>> is being stolen and therefore stolen time needs to be accounted via some
>>> other means.
>>
>> Something that's not currently obvious to me is that given that the stolen
>> cycle accounting should be done, what makes the architected timer interrupt
>> handler the ideal place to do it?
>
> That is a good question and I would appreciate suggestions to improve
> the patch.
>
> Given that Xen x86 and ia64 does stolen time accounting from the timer
> interrupt handler:
>
> arch/x86/xen/time.c:xen_timer_interrupt
> arch/ia64/kernel/time.c:timer_interrupt
>
> and given that the arch_timer is the only timer used by Xen on ARM and
> that it includes a virt_timer that is made on purpose to be used by
> virtual machines, I thought that it might be a good place for it.
>
> I also thought that doing it this way, KVM should be able to reuse the
> same hook.

Indeed. I just need to understand how time stealing works there ;-).

Now, KVM is not necessarily limited to arch_timers, and we've run KVM
using a QEMU-provided timer in the past. Can you think of a more generic
location for this hook? Possibly something that would satisfy the
requirements of other architectures while we're at it?

M.
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Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...



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