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SubjectRe: [PATCH] irqchip/gic-v4: Disable redistributors' view of the VPE table at boot time
On Thu, 16 Dec 2021 19:03:15 +0000,
Lorenzo Pieralisi <> wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 16, 2021 at 02:48:04PM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
> > Jay Chen reported that using a kdump kernel on a GICv4.1 system
> > results in a RAS error being delivered when the secondary kernel
> > configures the ITS's view of the new VPE table.
> >
> > As it turns out, that's because each RD still has a pointer to
> > the previous instance of the VPE table, and that particular
> > implementation is very upset by seeing two bits of the HW that
> > should point to the same table with different values.
> >
> > To solve this, let's invalidate any reference that any RD has to
> > the VPE table when discovering the RDs. The ITS can then be
> > programmed as expected.
> It makes sense. I believe there is an additional question though,
> related to ITSes sharing the VPE table (SVPET) with RDs.
> IIUC, all ITSes within a given affinity (that therefore are sharing the
> VPE table) need to be quiesced before allocating a new VPE table.

Yes, there is that too. I think we need a first pass iterating over
the ITSs and invalidate their VPE table pointers, as they may well be
in a shared state. If they are, the ITSs would be liable to generating
RAS errors as well, just like we just saw when sharing the table
between ITS and RDs.

> Again, I am off the radar for a while and this patch makes sense on its
> own, just raising the question since I was trying to understand whether
> that can be an additional issue to solve on kexec; I will follow up
> on this query.

Yeah, please ping me in the new year if you don't hear from me, and
we'll fix that one too.

> It would be nice to know Alibaba's GIC HW topology if possible.


> Thanks for putting together the fix and merging it.



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