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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1/2] xen/swiotlb: If iommu=soft was not passed in on > 4GB, don't turn it on.

On Fri, Jul 27, 2012 at 12:06:27PM +0100, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Jul 2012, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> > If we boot a 64-bit guest with more than 4GB memory, the SWIOTLB
> > gets turned on:
> > PCI-DMA: Using software bounce buffering for IO (SWIOTLB)
> > software IO TLB [mem 0xfb43d000-0xff43cfff] (64MB) mapped at 
> > [ffff8800fb43d000-ffff8800ff43cfff]
> > 
> > which is OK if we had PCI devices, but not if we did not. In a PV
> > guest the SWIOTLB ends up asking the hypervisor for precious lowmem
> > memory - and 64MB of it per guest. On a 32GB machine, this limits the
> > amount of guests that are 4GB to start due to lowmem exhaustion.
> > 
> > What we do is detect whether the user supplied e820_hole=1
> > parameter, which is used to construct an E820 that is similar to
> > the machine  - so that the PCI regions do not overlap with RAM regions.
> > We check for that by looking at the E820 and seeing if it diverges
> > from the standard - and if so (and if iommu=soft was not turned on),
> > we disable the check pci_swiotlb_detect_4gb code.
> What kind of paramter is it?
> Is it a Linux cmdline paramter? Or maybe a Xen toolstack parameter?

Its a guest config option.

> Surely there must be a better way to let Linux know if this paramter has
> been turned on than looking for ACPI entries in the E820.

I am all open for suggestions. The best way I can think of is to have
some early_init variant of XenBus-detect-this-backend-parameter. Can
one unhook an "old" XenBus and reset with the full-fledged XenBus
init later on?

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