RE: [PATCH V1 1/2] Xen acpi memory hotplug driver

From: Liu, Jinsong
Date: Tue Dec 18 2012 - 08:15:44 EST

Liu, Jinsong wrote:
> Liu, Jinsong wrote:
>> Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
>>> On Thu, Dec 06, 2012 at 04:27:36AM +0000, Liu, Jinsong wrote:
>>>>>>>> diff --git a/drivers/xen/Kconfig b/drivers/xen/Kconfig index
>>>>>>>> 126d8ce..abd0396 100644 --- a/drivers/xen/Kconfig
>>>>>>>> +++ b/drivers/xen/Kconfig
>>>>>>>> @@ -206,4 +206,15 @@ config XEN_MCE_LOG
>>>>>>>> Allow kernel fetching MCE error from Xen platform and
>>>>>>>> converting it into Linux mcelog format for mcelog tools
>>>>>>>> +config XEN_ACPI_MEMORY_HOTPLUG
>>>>>>>> + bool "Xen ACPI memory hotplug"
>>>>>>> There should be a way to make this a module.
>>>>>> I have some concerns to make it a module:
>>>>>> 1. xen and native memhotplug driver both work as module, while
>>>>>> we need early load xen driver.
>>>>>> 2. if possible, a xen stub driver may solve load sequence issue,
>>>>>> but it may involve other issues * if xen driver load then
>>>>>> unload, native driver may have chance to load successfully;
>>>>> The stub driver would still "occupy" the ACPI bus for the memory
>>>>> hotplug PnP, so I think this would not be a problem.
>>>> I'm not quite clear your mean here, do you mean it has
>>>> 1. xen_stub driver + xen_memhoplug driver, then xen_strub driver
>>>> unload and entirely replaced by xen_memhotplug driver, or
>>>> 2. xen_stub driver (w/ stub ops) + xen_memhotplug ops (not driver),
>>>> then xen_stub driver keep occupying but its stub ops later replaced
>>>> by xen_memhotplug ops?
>>> #2
>>>> If in way #1, it has risk that native driver may load (if xen
>>>> driver unload). If in way #2, xen_memhotplug ops lose the chance to
>>>> probe/add/bind existed memory devices (since it's done when driver
>>>> registerred).
>>> Could the stub driver have a queue of events?
>> If so, why not do 'real' add ops (like our patch did, to build-in
>> xen memory hotplug logic)? I'm not quite clear your purpose of
>> insisting module -- what's advantage of module you prefer?
>>>>>> * if xen driver load --> unload --> load again, then it will
>>>>>> lose hotplug notification during unload period;
>>>>> Sure. But I think we can do it with this driver? After all the
>>>>> function of it is to just tell the firmware to turn on/off sockets
>>>>> - and if we miss one notification we won't take advantage of the
>>>>> power savings - but we can do that later on.
>>>> Not only inform firmware.
>>>> Hotplug notify callback will invoke acpi_bus_add -> ... ->
>>>> implicitly invoke drv->ops.add method to add the hotadded memory
>>>> device.
>>> Gotcha.
>> ? So it will lose the notification and no way to add the new memory
>> device in the future.
>> Xen memory hotplug logic consist of 2 parts:
>> 1) driver logic (.add/.remove etc)
>> 2) notification install/callback logic
>> If you want to use 'xen_stub driver + .add/.remove ops', then
>> notification install/callback logic would implement with xen_stub
>> driver (means in build-in part, otherwise it would lose notification
>> when the ops unload) --> but that would make xen_stub in big build-in
>> size.
> How about
> * build-in part: xen_stub driver (stub .add to record what matched
> cpu devices) + notification install/callback;
> * module part: .add/.remove ops;
> w/ it, native driver has no chance to load and no hotplug event lose,
> and approximately 1/3 code is build-in and 2/3 are module.
> I think it will work but I'm not quite sure, at least we can have a
> try/test?
> Thanks,
> Jinsong

Thoughts? If you think it's OK, I will update later.

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