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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen 4.6 Development Update (five months reminder, 5 WEEKS TO FREEZE)

On 6/5/2015 9:53 PM, wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
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Hi all

We are now four months into 4.6 development window. This is an email to keep
track of all the patch series I gathered. It is by no means complete and / or
acurate. Feel free to reply this email with new projects or correct my

= Timeline =

We are planning on a 9-month release cycle, but we could also release a bit
earlier if everything goes well (no blocker, no critical bug).

* Development start: 6 Jan 2015
<=== We are here ===>
* Feature Freeze: 10 Jul 2015
* RCs: TBD
* Release Date: 9 Oct 2015 (could release earlier)

The RCs and release will of course depend on stability and bugs, and
will therefore be fairly unpredictable.

Bug-fixes, if Acked-by by maintainer, can go anytime before the First
RC. Later on we will need to figure out the risk of regression/reward
to eliminate the possiblity of a bug introducing another bug.

= Prognosis =

The states are: none -> fair -> ok -> good -> done

none - nothing yet
fair - still working on it, patches are prototypes or RFC
ok   - patches posted, acting on review
good - some last minute pieces
done - all done, might have bugs

= Bug Fixes =

Bug fixes can be checked in without a freeze exception throughout the
freeze, unless the maintainer thinks they are particularly high
risk.  In later RC's, we may even begin rejecting bug fixes if the
broken functionality is small and the risk to other functionality is

Document changes can go in anytime if the maintainer is OK with it.

These are guidelines and principles to give you an idea where we're coming
from; if you think there's a good reason why making an exception for you will
help us make Xen better than not doing so, feel free to make your case.

== Hypervisor ==

*  Alternate p2m: support multiple copies of host p2m (ok)
   -  Ed White

*  Improve RTDS scheduler (none)
    Change RTDS from quantum driven to event driven
   -  Dagaen Golomb, Meng Xu, Chong Li

*  Credit2: introduce per-vcpu soft affinity (good)
   -  Justin T. Weaver

*  Credit2: introduce per-vcpu hard affinity (fair)
   -  Justin T. Weaver

*  sndif: add API for para-virtual sound (fair)
    v7 posted
   -  Oleksandr Dmytryshyn

*  gnttab: improve scalability (good)
   -  David Vrabel

*  Xen multiboot2-EFI support (ok)
    See http://lists.xen.org/archives/html/xen-devel/2015-01/msg03962.html
   -  Daniel Kiper

*  Credit2 production ready (none)
    cpu reservation
   -  George Dunlap

*  VM event patches (none)
    Add support for XSETBV vm_events,
    Support hybernating guests
    Support for VMCALL-based vm_events
   -  Razvan Cojocaru

=== Hypervisor X86 ===

*  Intel Cache Allocation Technology (good)
   -  Chao Peng

*  Intel GVT-g (none)
    requires refactoring ioreq-server, fixing 16-byte MMIO emulation
    and optional PV IOMMU support
   -  Yu, Zhang
ioreq-server: still in development. Previously tried to refactor the
ioreq-server to track the IO resources by using radix tree. Yet this
approach would consume too much memory space. Now trying to use the
interval rbtree. Will send the patch out ASAP.

fixing 16-byte MMIO emulation: Paul Durrant has been working on this.

PV IOMMU support: Malcolm Crossley has been preparing the draft design.
We had several rounds internal discussion about how this design covers
the basic requirement of XenGT. Will continue the discussion and prepare
the patch once the design is sent to the community.

BTW, thank you Paul & Malcolm. :-)


*  Porting Intel P-state driver to Xen (fair)
   -  Wang, Wei

*  VT-d Posted-interrupt (PI) (good)
    v2 posted
   -  Wu, Feng

*  Support controlling the max C-state sub-state (fair)
    v3 posted
    Hadn't see the patch reposted.
   -  Ross Lagerwall

*  IOMMU ABI for guests to map their DMA regions (fair)
   -  Malcolm Crossley

*  RMRR fix (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Tiejun Chen

*  VPMU - 'perf' support in Xen (good)
    v21 posted
    Need reviews/final ack.
   -  Boris Ostrovsky

*  PVH domU (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Elena Ufimtseva

=== Hypervisor ARM ===

*  ITS support (fair )
   -  Vijaya Kumar K

*  Add ACPI support for arm64 on Xen (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Parth Dixit

*  ARM remote processor iommu module (GPUs + IPUs) (fair)
    v3 posted
   -  Andrii Tseglytskyi

*  ARM VM save/restore/live migration (none)
    Need to rebased against migrationv2 - no code posted.
   -  None

*  ARM GICv2m support (none)
   -  Suravee Suthikulanit

*  ARM  PCI passthrough (fair)
   -  Manish Jaggi

*  ARM GICv2 on GICv3 support (none)
   -  Julien Grall
   -  Vijay Kilari

== Xen toolstack ==

*  Split libxc into multiple libraries (none)
   -  Ian Campbell

*  Remus using migration-v2 (good)
    RFC posted - depends on v6 of 'New Migration'
   -  Yang Hongyang

*  Migration v2 (libxl) (none)
   -  Andrew Cooper

*  toolstack-based approach to pvhvm guest kexec (fair)
    also contains hypervisor side change, v6
   -  Vitaly Kuznetsov

*  libxl: cancelling asynchronous operations (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Ian Jackson

*  VMware tools support (ok)
   -  Don Slutz

*  PV USB support in libxl (fair)
   -  Chunyan Liu

*  HVM USB support in libxl (fair)
    depend on PV USB support
   -  George Dunlap

*  Blktap2 support (fair)
   -  George Dunlap

*  pvscsi in libxl (fair)
   -  Juergen Gross and Olaf

*  COarse-grain LOck-stepping Virtual Machines in Xen (fair)
    RFC v5 posted
   -  Wen Congyang
   -  Gui Jianfeng
   -  Yang Hongyang
   -  Dong, Eddie

*  tmem migrationv2 patches. (none)
   -  Bob Liu & Andrew Cooper & David Vrabel

*  snapshot API extension (checkpointing disk) (fair)
   -  Chunyan Liu

*  PVH - Migration of PVH DomUs. (none)
    Depends on migration2 code
    v1 posted
   -  Roger Pau Monné

*  PVH - Migration of guests from a PVH dom0  (fair)
    Depends on migration2 code
   -  Roger Pau Monné

== QEMU ==

*  Restrict QEMU
   -  Stefano Stabellini

*  Linux-based QEMU upstream stub domain (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Eric Shelton

*  Using qemu-upstream in a stubdomain (none)
    Will use rump kernels.
   -  Wei Liu

*  Intel IGD PCI GPU passthrough (ok)
    v5 posted
   -  Chen, Tiejun

== Linux ==

*  VPMU - 'perf' support in Linux (ok)
    Depends on Xen patches
    Acked by David Vrabel
   -  Boris Ostrovsky

*  vNUMA in Linux (ok)
    v6 posted
   -  Wei Liu

*  COLO Agent in Linux (fair)
   -  Gui Jianfeng
   -  Yang Hongyang
   -  Dong, Eddie

*  ARM64 - support 64K guest (none)
   -  Julien Grall

== OpenStack ==

== FreeBSD ==

*  PVH FreeBSD dom0 (ok)
    FreeBSD 11 goal. Toolstack side done in Xen 4.5
   -  Roger Pau Monné

== Other OSes (MiniOS, QNX) ==

*  ARM - MiniOS (fair)
    v7 posted
   -  Thomas Leonard

*  PV drivers for automotive kernels (fair)
   -  Artem Mygaiev


*  OSSTest: stubdom test case (fair)
   -  Wei Liu

*  OSSTest: libvirt migration (fair)
   -  Wei Liu

*  OSSTest: upgrade to Debian Jessie (none)
   -  Wei Liu

*  OSSTest: performance test (fair)
   -  Dario Faggioli

*  CPU pool test case (fair)
   -  Dario Faggioli

*  Add a FreeBSD host (fair)
   -  Roger Pau Monné

*  Nested virt test case

*  v8 posted (fair)
   -  Robert Hu

== Deferred ==

*  HT enabled with credit has 7.9 per perf drop. (none)
    kernbench demonstrated it
    This has existed since credit1 introduction.
   -  Dario Faggioli

*  ucode=scan also scan compressed initramfs (none)
   -  Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk

*  adjust log buffer based on memmap size (none)
   -  Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk

*  Further tmem cleanups/fixes (fair)
   -  Bob Liu

*  1TB slow destruction (ok)
   -  Bob Liu

*  cpuid leveling (none)
   -  Andrew Cooper

*  IO-NUMA - hwloc and xl (none)
    Andrew Cooper had an RFC patch for hwloc
    add restrictions  as to which devices cannot safely/functionally be split 
   -  Boris Ostrovsky

*  Convert tasklet to per-cpu tasklets (fair)
    RFC posted
   -  Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk

*  Xen Boot Information (xbi) (ok)
    Dependency for GRUB2 + EFI work
    v4, No go for full patchset. Only some of the patches.
    No ARM EFI hardware (yet) available to test them.
   -  Daniel Kiper

*  Linux ARM - Device assigment usage in Linux code (arch/arm) non-PCI (none)
    Depends on Xen pieces which are on the Xen 4.6 list.
   -  Julien Grall

== Completed ==

*  setup CI loop for OpenStack (fair)
   -  Anthony Perard

*  Display IO topology when PXM data is available (good)
    v7 posted
   -  Boris Ostrovsky

*  ARM: reenable support 32-bit userspace running in 64-bit guest (good)
    v2 posted
   -  Ian Campbell

*  Mem_access for ARM (good)
    v15 posted
   -  Tamas K Lengyel

*  Clean-up of mem-event subsystem (good)
    v9 posted
   -  Tamas K Lengyel

*  New Migration (v2). (good)
    v9 (libxc)
    Seems that it might need to slip or we run v1 alongside v2.
   -  Andrew Cooper & David Vrabel

*  libxl: add qxl vga interface support for upstream qemu (fair)
   -  Fabio Fantoni

*  ARM - passthrough of non-PCI (ok)
   -  Julien Grall

*  Intel PML (Page Modification Logging) for Xen (good)
    v1 posted
   -  Kai Huang

*  Regression in PCI passthrough of INTx legacy devices can trigger list 
corruption (good)
    Sander reported it. Two different types of patches available.
   -  Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk

*  HVM guest NUMA (SRAT) (good)
    See vNUMA in Xen toolstack
   -  Wei Liu

*  vNUMA in Xen toolstack (good)
    v8 posted
   -  Wei Liu

*  Intel memory bandwidth monitoring for VMs (fair)
    v9 posted
   -  Chao Peng

*  ARM - SMMU resync of Linux's one (ok)
   -  Julien Grall

*  Add support for Xilinx ZynqMP SoC (fair)
   -  Edgar E. Iglesias

*  Add support for Huawei hip04-d01 platform (ok)
   -  Frediano Ziglio

*  Thunder X platform support (ok)
   -  Vijay Kilari

*  Splitting off mini-os (done)
   -  Wei Liu

*  OVMF on ARM (done)
    v4 posted
   -  Ard Biesheuvel

*  Update Xen tree to use upstream OVMF (done)
   -  Anthony PERARD

*  Enable vTPM subsystem on TPM 2.0 (done)
   -  Xu, Quan

*  SPICE support improvement (done)
   -  Fabio Fantoni

*  arm: introduce basic Renesas R-Car Gen2 platform support (done)
    v5 posted
   -  Oleksandr Tyshchenko

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