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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC 16/16] xen/arm: Track page accessed between batch of Set/Way operations

>>> On 09.10.18 at 12:16, <julien.grall@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 09/10/2018 08:04, Jan Beulich wrote:
>>>>> On 08.10.18 at 20:33, <julien.grall@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> This patch adds a new per-arch helper is introduced to perform actions just
>>> before the guest is first unpaused. This will be used to invalidate the
>>> P2M to track access from the start of the guest.
>> While I'm not opposed to the new arch hook, why don't you create the
>> p2m entries in their intended state right away? At the very least this
>> would have the benefit of confining the entire change to Arm code.
> Let me start by saying I think having a hook to perform an action once 
> the VM has been fully created is quite useful. For instance, this could 
> be used on Arm to limit the invalidation of the icache. At the moment, 
> we invalidate the icache for every populate memory hypercall. This is 
> quite a waste of cycle.

As said - I'm not opposed to such a hook in principle, but I'd like
to understand the reasons (and in particular whether there's an
alternative without introducing such a hook).

> In this particular circumstance, I would still like to use the hardware 
> for walking the page-tables during the domain creation (i.e when copy 
> binary over). This would not be possible if we create the entry with 
> valid bit unset.

This must be something Arm specific, since afaiu we're talking about
arbitrary domain creation here, not just Dom0. On x86 it would be
basically impossible to re-use the page tables created for the guest
to access guest memory from the control domain. (It could be made
work by inserting sub-trees into the control domain's page tables,
but obviously there would be a fair chance of conflict between the
virtual addresses the control domain uses for its own purposes and
the ones where the destination range in the domain being created

> Furthermore, we don't need to create entry with valid bit unset once the 
> guest is running. So we would need to check in the P2M code whether the 
> guest is running and whether IOMMU is enabled.

Well, looking at the patch context of your change, it is quite clear
that this would be pretty easy - simply taking d->creation_finished
into account.


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