Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v7.5] kvm: notify host when the guest ispanicked

From: Sasha Levin
Date: Sun Jul 22 2012 - 16:02:58 EST

On 07/22/2012 09:14 PM, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Sasha Levin <levinsasha928@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> On 07/21/2012 10:44 AM, Wen Congyang wrote:
>>> We can know the guest is panicked when the guest runs on xen.
>>> But we do not have such feature on kvm.
>>> Another purpose of this feature is: management app(for example:
>>> libvirt) can do auto dump when the guest is panicked. If management
>>> app does not do auto dump, the guest's user can do dump by hand if
>>> he sees the guest is panicked.
>>> We have three solutions to implement this feature:
>>> 1. use vmcall
>>> 2. use I/O port
>>> 3. use virtio-serial.
>>> We have decided to avoid touching hypervisor. The reason why I choose
>>> choose the I/O port is:
>>> 1. it is easier to implememt
>>> 2. it does not depend any virtual device
>>> 3. it can work when starting the kernel
>> Was the option of implementing a virtio-watchdog driver considered?
>> You're basically re-implementing a watchdog, a guest-host interface and a set of protocols for guest-host communications.
>> Why can't we re-use everything we have now, push a virtio watchdog
>> driver into drivers/watchdog/, and gain a more complete solution to
>> detecting hangs inside the guest.
> The purpose of virtio is not to reinvent every possible type of device.
> There are plenty of hardware watchdogs that are very suitable to be used
> for this purpose. QEMU implements quite a few already.
> Watchdogs are not performance sensitive so there's no point in using
> virtio.

The issue here is not performance, but the adding of a brand new guest-host interface.

virtio-rng isn't performance sensitive either, yet it was implemented using virtio so there wouldn't be yet another interface to communicate between guest and host.

This patch goes ahead to add a "arch pv features" interface using ioports, without any idea what it might be used for beyond this watchdog.
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