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From: Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org>
To: Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com>
Cc: linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org,
	kvmarm@lists.cs.columbia.edu, kvm@vger.kernel.org,
	James Morse <james.morse@arm.com>,
	Julien Thierry <julien.thierry.kdev@gmail.com>,
	Suzuki K Poulose <suzuki.poulose@arm.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] KVM: arm64: Add PMU event filtering infrastructure
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2020 10:28:39 +0000
Message-ID: <868sl46t60.wl-maz@kernel.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <ac2a8a87-3a90-1abb-30a5-00c20667cd14@arm.com>

On Fri, 14 Feb 2020 22:01:01 +0000,
Robin Murphy <robin.murphy@arm.com> wrote:

Hi Robin,

> Hi Marc,
> On 2020-02-14 6:36 pm, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> [...]
> > @@ -585,6 +585,14 @@ static void kvm_pmu_create_perf_event(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, u64 select_idx)
> >   	    pmc->idx != ARMV8_PMU_CYCLE_IDX)
> >   		return;
> >   +	/*
> > +	 * If we have a filter in place and that the event isn't allowed, do
> > +	 * not install a perf event either.
> > +	 */
> > +	if (vcpu->kvm->arch.pmu_filter &&
> > +	    !test_bit(eventsel, vcpu->kvm->arch.pmu_filter))
> > +		return;
> If I'm reading the derivation of eventsel right, this will end up
> treating cycle counter events (aliased to SW_INCR) differently from
> CPU_CYCLES, which doesn't seem desirable.

Indeed, this doesn't look quite right.

Looking at the description of event 0x11, it doesn't seem to count
exactly like the cycle counter (there are a number of PMCR controls
affecting it). But none of these actually apply to our PMU emulation
(no secure mode, and the idea of dealing with virtual EL2 in the
context of the PMU is... not appealing).

Now, given that we implement the cycle counter with event 0x11 anyway,
I don't think there is any reason to deal with them separately.

> Also, if the user did try to blacklist SW_INCR for ridiculous
> reasons, we'd need to special-case kvm_pmu_software_increment() to
> make it (not) work as expected, right?

I thought of that one, and couldn't see a reason to blacklist it
(after all, the guest could also increment a variable) and send itself
an interrupt. I'm tempted to simply document that event 0 is never



Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny.

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Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-02-14 18:36 [PATCH 0/2] KVM: arm64: Filtering PMU events Marc Zyngier
2020-02-14 18:36 ` [PATCH 1/2] KVM: arm64: Add PMU event filtering infrastructure Marc Zyngier
2020-02-14 22:01   ` Robin Murphy
2020-02-15 10:28     ` Marc Zyngier [this message]
2020-02-17 15:33       ` Robin Murphy
2020-02-14 18:36 ` [PATCH 2/2] KVM: arm64: Document PMU filtering API Marc Zyngier
2020-02-15 13:00 ` [PATCH 0/2] KVM: arm64: Filtering PMU events Marc Zyngier

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