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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/6] arm64: provide pseudo NMI with GICv3
Hi Julien,

I am interested in evaluating if using this is feasible for our
Android devices. There is quite a usecase for lockup detection that it
seems worthwhile if it works well. Atleast I feel this can be used a
debug option considering the performance downgrade.

Do you have more details of if any GICv3 based system will work, or is
there a way an SoC can be misconfigured so that this series will not
work? I think Marc told me that's possible, but I wasn't sure. I will
be quite happy if it works on SoC as long as they have the requisite
GIC version.

Some more questions below:

On Wed, Jan 17, 2018 at 3:54 AM, Julien Thierry <> wrote:
> Hi,
> This series is a continuation of the work started by Daniel [1]. The goal
> is to use GICv3 interrupt priorities to simulate an NMI.
> To achieve this, set two priorities, one for standard interrupts and
> another, higher priority, for NMIs. Whenever we want to disable interrupts,
> we mask the standard priority instead so NMIs can still be raised. Some
> corner cases though still require to actually mask all interrupts
> effectively disabling the NMI.
> Of course, using priority masking instead of PSR.I comes at some cost. On
> hackbench, the drop of performance seems to be >1% on average for this
> version. I can only attribute that to recent changes in the kernel as

Do you have more specific performance data on the performance overhead
with this series?

> hackbench seems slightly slower compared to my other benchmarks while the
> runs with the use of GICv3 priorities have stayed in the same time frames.
> KVM Guests do not seem to be affected preformance-wise by the host using
> PMR to mask interrupts or not.
> Currently, only PPIs and SPIs can be set as NMIs. IPIs being currently
> hardcoded IRQ numbers, there isn't a generic interface to set SGIs as NMI
> for now. I don't think there is any reason LPIs should be allowed to be set
> as NMI as they do not have an active state.
> When an NMI is active on a CPU, no other NMI can be triggered on the CPU.
> Requirements to use this:
> - Have GICv3
> - SCR_EL3.FIQ is set to 1 when linux runs

Ah I see it mentioned here. Again, can you clarify if this is
something that can be misconfigured? Is it something that the
bootloader sets?

Sorry if these questions sound premature, I haven't yet taken a closer
look at the series.


- Joel

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