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SubjectRe: [PATCH v10 10/16] KVM: x86: Introduce KVM_GET_SHARED_PAGES_LIST ioctl
On Wed, Feb 17, 2021, Kalra, Ashish wrote:
> From: Sean Christopherson <seanjc@google.com>
> On Thu, Feb 04, 2021, Ashish Kalra wrote:
> > From: Brijesh Singh <brijesh.singh@amd.com>
> >
> > The ioctl is used to retrieve a guest's shared pages list.
>
> >What's the performance hit to boot time if KVM_HC_PAGE_ENC_STATUS is passed
> >through to userspace? That way, userspace could manage the set of pages >in
> >whatever data structure they want, and these get/set ioctls go away.
>
> What is the advantage of passing KVM_HC_PAGE_ENC_STATUS through to user-space
> ?
>
> As such it is just a simple interface to get the shared page list via the
> get/set ioctl's. simply an array is passed to these ioctl to get/set the
> shared pages list.

It eliminates any probability of the kernel choosing the wrong data structure,
and it's two fewer ioctls to maintain and test.

> >Also, aren't there plans for an in-guest migration helper? If so, do we
> >have any idea what that interface will look like? E.g. if we're going to
> >end up with a full >fledged driver in the guest, why not bite the bullet now
> >and bypass KVM entirely?
>
> Even the in-guest migration helper will be using page encryption status
> hypercalls, so some interface is surely required.

If it's a driver with a more extensive interace, then the hypercalls can be
replaced by a driver operation. That's obviously a big if, though.

> Also the in-guest migration will be mainly an OVMF component, won't really
> be a full fledged kernel driver in the guest.

Is there code and/or a description of what the proposed helper would look like?

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