[SeaBIOS] [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH v3 3/3] fw/pci: Allocate IGD stolen memory

Gerd Hoffmann kraxel at redhat.com
Tue Feb 16 13:08:56 CET 2016


> I don't mind the allocation of guest memory issue, the fact that guest
> memory is consumed by built-in devices is exactly what happens on bare
> metal.

And following in qemu what happens on bare metal usually works best

> to pre-populate it, we could.  It at least puts QEMU in control, but
> relaying back the address via a device specific register is still a bit
> ugly.

It is the usual way.  We do the same for a few other addresses too
(mmconfig xbar, acpi registers).  Firmware programs the hardware, and
qemu picks up the addresses from there (and puts them into the generated
acpi tables for example).

Main advantage is that we don't need a paravirtual firmware <=> qemu
interface for each address.

Yes, each firmware (seabios/ovmf/...) needs to handle it then.  But if
we allocate the stolen memory from guest ram the firmware has to handle
it _anyway_ so it is marked reserved in e820 etc.


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