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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v5 27/36] sysbus: add a sysbus_mmio_u

From: Peter Maydell
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v5 27/36] sysbus: add a sysbus_mmio_unmap() helper
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2018 13:04:34 +0000

On Tue, 4 Dec 2018 at 12:33, Cédric Le Goater <address@hidden> wrote:
> A completely new interrupt controller was introduced on the POWER9
> processor and it uses MMIO regions for interrupt management. These
> regions are backed by simple MRs in QEMU, when using TCG, and backed
> by ram_device_ptr MRs under KVM.
> Difficulties arise with the fact that POWER9 pseries guests need
> to support the old mode (XICS, no MMIOs) and the new mode XIVE.
> The interrupt mode is negotiated at boot between the hypervisor
> and the guest and a reset is generated to take into account
> the changes. Which means that, at reset, we may need to disconnect
> from a KVM IC device and reconnect to another.

This is a painful API for QEMU to implement, incidentally,
because we don't have any concept really of a warm reset. In
theory reset should get you back to exactly the same state
as if you'd just started QEMU. You can probably bodge something
together, though.

> When switching from XICS to XIVE mode :
>   if kvm
>     - destroy KVM XICS device
>     - create KVM XIVE device
>     - get fd, mmap, init ram_device_ptr MRs
>     - map mmio
>   - enable MMIOs
> When switching from XIVE to XICS  :
>   - disable MMIOs
>   if kvm
>     - delete MRs
>     - munmap
>     - destroy KVM XIVE device
>     - create KVM XICS device

This seems basically OK, I think.

-- PMM

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