Comment 2 for bug 1751834

------- Comment From <email address hidden> 2018-02-27 00:21 EDT-------
(In reply to comment #5)
> When you say "Power9 DD 2.2 needs HMI fixup backport of..." in the original
> bug description. Is this patchset required to boot P9 DD2.2?

We need this patch for KVM guest testing on DD 2.2 revision. Good explanation on why this is required is in commit pointed.

Hypervisor maintenance interrupts (HMIs) are generated by various
causes, signalled by bits in the hypervisor maintenance exception
register (HMER). In most cases calling OPAL to handle the interrupt
is the correct thing to do, but the "debug trigger" HMIs signalled by
PPC bit 17 (bit 46) of HMER are used to invoke software workarounds
for hardware bugs, and OPAL does not have any code to handle this
cause. The debug trigger HMI is used in POWER9 DD2.0 and DD2.1 chips
to work around a hardware bug in executing vector load instructions to
cache inhibited memory. In POWER9 DD2.2 chips, it is generated when
conditions are detected relating to threads being in TM (transactional
memory) suspended mode when the core SMT configuration needs to be

The kernel currently has code to detect the vector CI load condition,
but only when the HMI occurs in the host, not when it occurs in a
guest. If a HMI occurs in the guest, it is always passed to OPAL, and
then we always re-sync the timebase, because the HMI cause might have
been a timebase error, for which OPAL would re-sync the timebase, thus
removing the timebase offset which KVM applied for the guest. Since
we don't know what OPAL did, we don't know whether to subtract the
timebase offset from the timebase, so instead we re-sync the timebase.

This adds code to determine explicitly what the cause of a debug
trigger HMI will be. This is based on a new device-tree property
under the CPU nodes called ibm,hmi-special-triggers, if it is
present, or otherwise based on the PVR (processor version register).
The handling of debug trigger HMIs is pulled out into a separate
function which can be called from the KVM guest exit code. If this
function handles and clears the HMI, and no other HMI causes remain,
then we skip calling OPAL and we proceed to subtract the guest
timebase offset from the timebase.

The overall handling for HMIs that occur in the host (i.e. not in a
KVM guest) is largely unchanged, except that we now don't set the flag
for the vector CI load workaround on DD2.2 processors.

This also removes a BUG_ON in the KVM code. BUG_ON is generally not
useful in KVM guest entry/exit code since it is difficult to handle
the resulting trap gracefully.