[SeaBIOS] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH RFC 0/3] seabios: move acpi table formatting out of bios
Michael S. Tsirkin
mst at redhat.com
Wed May 8 12:29:12 CEST 2013
On Wed, May 08, 2013 at 12:31:50PM +0300, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 07:01:13PM -0400, Kevin O'Connor wrote:
> > On Tue, May 07, 2013 at 09:00:48PM +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > On Thu, Apr 25, 2013 at 12:02:20PM +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > > Untested yet, but I thought I'd share the
> > > > BIOS bits so we can agree on direction.
> > > >
> > > > In particular check out ROM sizes:
> > > > - Before patchset with DSDT enabled
> > > > Total size: 127880 Fixed: 59060 Free: 3192 (used 97.6% of 128KiB rom)
> > > > - Before patchset with DSDT disabled
> > > > Total size: 122844 Fixed: 58884 Free: 8228 (used 93.7% of 128KiB rom)
> > > > - After patchset:
> > > > Total size: 128776 Fixed: 59100 Free: 2296 (used 98.2% of 128KiB rom)
> > > > - Legacy disabled at build time:
> > > > Total size: 119836 Fixed: 58996 Free: 11236 (used 91.4% of 128KiB rom)
> > > >
> > > > As can be seen from this, most size savings come
> > > > from dropping DSDT, but we do save a bit by removing
> > > > other tables. Of course the real reason to move tables to QEMU
> > > > is so that ACPI can better match hardware.
> > > >
> > > > This patchset adds an option to move all code for formatting acpi tables
> > > > out of BIOS. With this, QEMU has full control over the table layout.
> > > > All tables are loaded from the new "/etc/acpi/" directory.
> > > > Any entries in this directory cause BIOS to disable
> > > > ACPI table generation completely.
> > > > A generic linker script, controlled by QEMU, is
> > > > loaded from "/etc/linker-script". It is used to
> > > > patch in table pointers and checksums.
> > >
> > > After some thought, there are two additional
> > > options worth considering, in that they simplify
> > > bios code somewhat:
> > >
> > > - bios could get size from qemu, allocate a buffer
> > > (e.g. could be one buffer for all tables)
> > > and pass the address to qemu.
> > > qemu does all the patching
> > >
> > > - further, qemu could do the copy of tables into
> > > that address directly
> > This seems more complex than necessary to me.
> > The important task is to get the tables generated in QEMU - I'd focus
> > on getting the tables generated in QEMU (one table per fw_cfg "file").
> > Once that is done, the SeaBIOS side can be easily implemented, and we
> > can add any enhancements on top if we feel it is necessary.
> +1. This "copy of tables into that address directly" is just an ad-hoc PV
> isa DMA device in disguise. Such device was refused when libguestfs
> asked for it, and they wanted it for much better reason - performance.
> There is existing mechanism to pass data into firmware. Use it please.
Yes I can code it up using FW_CFG for now.
One issue with QEMU_CFG_FILE_DIR is that it's broken wrt migration,
unless we pass in very small bits of data which we
can guarantee never changes across qemu versions.
Off-list, I suggested fixing it and migrating file
content, but Anthony thinks it's a bad idea.
I don't care much.
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