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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v3 07/62] arm/acpi: Add arch_acpi_os_map_memory helper function for ARM

On 07/12/15 10:38, Ian Campbell wrote:
> On Mon, 2015-12-07 at 03:32 -0700, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 07.12.15 at 09:58, <zhaoshenglong@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> On 2015/11/30 22:47, Julien Grall wrote:
>>>> On 23/11/15 11:37, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
>>>>>> On Tue, 17 Nov 2015, shannon.zhao@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
>>>>>>>> From: Shannon Zhao <shannon.zhao@xxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>>> could you please add a couple of lines to the commit message
>>>>>> mentioning
>>>>>> why __va(phys) is an acceptable implementation of
>>>>>> arch_acpi_os_map_memory?
>>>> FWIW, I already asked this question multiple time on the previous
>>>> series
>>>> without clear answer.
>>>> __va should only be used when the memory is direct-mapped to Xen (i.e
>>>> accessible directly). On ARM64, this is only the case for the RAM.
>>>> Can
>>>> someone confirm the ACPI will always reside to the RAM?
>>> I checked this with the UEFI SPEC. It says in 2.3.6 AArch64 Platforms:
>>> "If ACPI is supported :
>>> â ACPI Tables loaded at boot time can be contained in memory of type
>>> EfiACPIReclaimMemory (recommended) or EfiACPIMemoryNVS."
>>> So I think it means the ACPI tables will always reside in RAM.
>> I think NVS doesn't necessarily mean RAM.
> That's what I thought/expected too (sounds like it could be flash, CMOS,
> ROM etc), but looking at the ACPI 6.0 spec ("16.3.2 BIOS Initialization of
> Memory") it says:
>     Memory identified by the BIOS as being     reserved by the BIOS for its 
> use.
>     OSPM is required to tag this memory as cacheable, and to save     and
>     restore its image before entering an S4 state.
> IOW, if I'm reading that correctly, it actually is "memory", and it is only
> "NV" by virtue of requiring the OSPM to save/restore it over suspend (so
> not at all "NV" in the usual sense).

I think it would be safer to use vmap. It won't impact much Xen as the
mapping are mostly used during Xen boot and DOM0 creation.


Julien Grall

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