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From: "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@kernel.org>
To: David Vrabel <david.vrabel@citrix.com>
Cc: "Luis R. Rodriguez" <mcgrof@kernel.org>,
	"xen-devel@lists.xensource.com" <xen-devel@lists.xensource.com>,
	Keir Fraser <keir@xen.org>, Juergen Gross <jgross@suse.com>,
	X86 ML <x86@kernel.org>, Toshi Kani <toshi.kani@hp.com>,
	Andrew Cooper <andrew.cooper3@citrix.com>,
	Stuart Hayes <stuart.w.hayes@gmail.com>,
	"linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net>,
	Borislav Petkov <bp@alien8.de>, "H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@zytor.com>,
	Paul McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	Yinghai Lu <yinghai@kernel.org>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [Xen-devel] MTRR on Xen - BIOS use and implications for Linux
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2016 19:56:47 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20160317185647.GR1990@wotan.suse.de> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <56EA913F.1040403@citrix.com>

On Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 11:13:03AM +0000, David Vrabel wrote:
> On 16/03/16 20:08, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> > Toshi noted a while ago as well that if BIOS/firmware enables MTRR but
> > the kernel does not have it enabled one issue might have been any
> > MTRRs set up by the BIOS and ensuring the mapping is respected, in
> > particular UC settings, this concern is raised above. Another issue
> > though is that the kernel would be "unable to verify if a large page
> > mapping is aligned with MTRRs" [3]
> 
> This is not a relevant concern for Xen guests:   PV guests do not
> support superpage mappings 

And only with superpage mappings would such things be an issue? Can you
clarify why? Is there no plans to support this in the future? If the
MTRRs will not be used, to be safe, why not just skip all of them from
the e820 map and be done with it?

> and HVM guests never see real MTRRs.

Thanks, can you clarify why?

  Luis

  reply	other threads:[~2016-03-17 18:56 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2016-03-16 20:08 MTRR on Xen - BIOS use and implications for Linux Luis R. Rodriguez
2016-03-17 11:13 ` [Xen-devel] " David Vrabel
2016-03-17 18:56   ` Luis R. Rodriguez [this message]
2016-03-29 17:22     ` Luis R. Rodriguez
2016-03-29 22:14       ` Toshi Kani
2016-03-29 22:28         ` Luis R. Rodriguez

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