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Date:   Tue, 14 Jan 2020 10:22:16 +0000
From:   Jianyong Wu <Jianyong.Wu@....com>
To:     Marc Zyngier <maz@...nel.org>
CC:     "netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
        "yangbo.lu@....com" <yangbo.lu@....com>,
        "john.stultz@...aro.org" <john.stultz@...aro.org>,
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        Mark Rutland <Mark.Rutland@....com>,
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        Suzuki Poulose <Suzuki.Poulose@....com>,
        Steven Price <Steven.Price@....com>,
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        "kvm@...r.kernel.org" <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 Marc,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Marc Zyngier <maz@...nel.org>
> Sent: Monday, January 13, 2020 7:21 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
> 
> 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?
> 
Ok, let me try it

Thanks

>          M.
> --
> Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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