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Date:   Mon, 13 Jan 2020 11:21:11 +0000
From:   Marc Zyngier <maz@...nel.org>
To:     Jianyong Wu <Jianyong.Wu@....com>
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, yangbo.lu@....com, john.stultz@...aro.org,
        tglx@...utronix.de, pbonzini@...hat.com,
        sean.j.christopherson@...el.com, richardcochran@...il.com,
        Mark Rutland <Mark.Rutland@....com>, will@...nel.org,
        Suzuki Poulose <Suzuki.Poulose@....com>,
        Steven Price <Steven.Price@....com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-arm-kernel@...ts.infradead.org,
        kvmarm@...ts.cs.columbia.edu, kvm@...r.kernel.org,
        Steve Capper <Steve.Capper@....com>,
        Kaly Xin <Kaly.Xin@....com>, Justin He <Justin.He@....com>,
        nd <nd@....com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 7/8] ptp: arm64: Enable ptp_kvm for arm64

On 2020-01-13 10:37, Jianyong Wu wrote:
> Hi Marc,
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Marc Zyngier <maz@...nel.org>
>> Sent: Friday, January 10, 2020 6:35 PM
>> To: Jianyong Wu <Jianyong.Wu@....com>
>> Cc: netdev@...r.kernel.org; yangbo.lu@....com; john.stultz@...aro.org;
>> tglx@...utronix.de; pbonzini@...hat.com; 
>> sean.j.christopherson@...el.com;
>> richardcochran@...il.com; Mark Rutland <Mark.Rutland@....com>;
>> will@...nel.org; Suzuki Poulose <Suzuki.Poulose@....com>; Steven Price
>> <Steven.Price@....com>; linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org; linux-arm-
>> kernel@...ts.infradead.org; kvmarm@...ts.cs.columbia.edu;
>> kvm@...r.kernel.org; Steve Capper <Steve.Capper@....com>; Kaly Xin
>> <Kaly.Xin@....com>; Justin He <Justin.He@....com>; nd <nd@....com>
>> Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v9 7/8] ptp: arm64: Enable ptp_kvm for arm64
>> 
>> Hi Jianyong,
>> 
>> On 2020-01-10 10:15, Jianyong Wu wrote:
>> > Hi Marc,
>> 
>> [...]
>> 
>> >> >> > +	ktime_overall = hvc_res.a0 << 32 | hvc_res.a1;
>> >> >> > +	*ts = ktime_to_timespec64(ktime_overall);
>> >> >> > +	*cycle = hvc_res.a2 << 32 | hvc_res.a3;
>> >> >>
>> >> >> So why isn't that just a read of the virtual counter, given that
>> >> >> what you do in the hypervisor seems to be "cntpct - cntvoff"?
>> >> >>
>> >> >> What am I missing here?
>> >> >>
>> >> > We need get clock time and counter cycle at the same time, so we
>> >> > can't just read virtual counter at guest and must get it from host.
>> >>
>> >> See my comment in my reply to patch #6: *Must* seems like a very
>> >> strong word, and you don't explain *why* that's better than just
>> >> computing the total hypercall cost. Hint: given the frequency of the
>> >> counter (in the few MHz
>> >> range) vs the frequency of a CPU (in the multiple GHz range, and with
>> >> an IPC close enough to 1), I doubt that you'll see the counter making
>> >> much progress across a hypercall.
>> >>
>> > Sorry, I will avoid to use those strong words.
>> >
>> > It's really the case that the hypercall won't across cycle in general.
>> > But sometimes, kernel preempt
>> > may happen in the middle of the hypercall which we can't assume how
>> > long before schedule back. so it's better capture them together at the
>> > same time.
>> 
>> Fair enough. Please document the rational, as I guess others will ask 
>> the
>> same questions.
>> 
> Ok
> 
>> Then the problem to solve is that of the reference counter, as you so 
>> far
>> assume the virtual counter. I guess you need to be able to let the 
>> guest
>> select the reference counter when calling the PTP service.
>> 
> I could not come up with an idea about the point where the guest give
> this info of counter value.
> Where we give that interface to ptp service, as it's not a user space
> application.

Again: why don't you let the guest ask for the counter it wants as part
of the SMC call? What is preventing this?

         M.
-- 
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