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Based on kernel version 3.15.4. Page generated on 2014-07-07 09:04 EST.

1	*** BIG FAT WARNING ***
2	The kvm module is currently in EXPERIMENTAL state for s390. This means that
3	the interface to the module is not yet considered to remain stable. Thus, be
4	prepared that we keep breaking your userspace application and guest
5	compatibility over and over again until we feel happy with the result. Make sure
6	your guest kernel, your host kernel, and your userspace launcher are in a
7	consistent state.
8	
9	This Documentation describes the unique ioctl calls to /dev/kvm, the resulting
10	kvm-vm file descriptors, and the kvm-vcpu file descriptors that differ from x86.
11	
12	1. ioctl calls to /dev/kvm
13	KVM does support the following ioctls on s390 that are common with other
14	architectures and do behave the same:
15	KVM_GET_API_VERSION
16	KVM_CREATE_VM		(*) see note
17	KVM_CHECK_EXTENSION
18	KVM_GET_VCPU_MMAP_SIZE
19	
20	Notes:
21	* KVM_CREATE_VM may fail on s390, if the calling process has multiple
22	threads and has not called KVM_S390_ENABLE_SIE before.
23	
24	In addition, on s390 the following architecture specific ioctls are supported:
25	ioctl:		KVM_S390_ENABLE_SIE
26	args:		none
27	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
28	This call causes the kernel to switch on PGSTE in the user page table. This
29	operation is needed in order to run a virtual machine, and it requires the
30	calling process to be single-threaded. Note that the first call to KVM_CREATE_VM
31	will implicitly try to switch on PGSTE if the user process has not called
32	KVM_S390_ENABLE_SIE before. User processes that want to launch multiple threads
33	before creating a virtual machine have to call KVM_S390_ENABLE_SIE, or will
34	observe an error calling KVM_CREATE_VM. Switching on PGSTE is a one-time
35	operation, is not reversible, and will persist over the entire lifetime of
36	the calling process. It does not have any user-visible effect other than a small
37	performance penalty.
38	
39	2. ioctl calls to the kvm-vm file descriptor
40	KVM does support the following ioctls on s390 that are common with other
41	architectures and do behave the same:
42	KVM_CREATE_VCPU
43	KVM_SET_USER_MEMORY_REGION      (*) see note
44	KVM_GET_DIRTY_LOG		(**) see note
45	
46	Notes:
47	*  kvm does only allow exactly one memory slot on s390, which has to start
48	   at guest absolute address zero and at a user address that is aligned on any
49	   page boundary. This hardware "limitation" allows us to have a few unique
50	   optimizations. The memory slot doesn't have to be filled
51	   with memory actually, it may contain sparse holes. That said, with different
52	   user memory layout this does still allow a large flexibility when
53	   doing the guest memory setup.
54	** KVM_GET_DIRTY_LOG doesn't work properly yet. The user will receive an empty
55	log. This ioctl call is only needed for guest migration, and we intend to
56	implement this one in the future.
57	
58	In addition, on s390 the following architecture specific ioctls for the kvm-vm
59	file descriptor are supported:
60	ioctl:		KVM_S390_INTERRUPT
61	args:		struct kvm_s390_interrupt *
62	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
63	This ioctl is used to submit a floating interrupt for a virtual machine.
64	Floating interrupts may be delivered to any virtual cpu in the configuration.
65	Only some interrupt types defined in include/linux/kvm.h make sense when
66	submitted as floating interrupts. The following interrupts are not considered
67	to be useful as floating interrupts, and a call to inject them will result in
68	-EINVAL error code: program interrupts and interprocessor signals. Valid
69	floating interrupts are:
70	KVM_S390_INT_VIRTIO
71	KVM_S390_INT_SERVICE
72	
73	3. ioctl calls to the kvm-vcpu file descriptor
74	KVM does support the following ioctls on s390 that are common with other
75	architectures and do behave the same:
76	KVM_RUN
77	KVM_GET_REGS
78	KVM_SET_REGS
79	KVM_GET_SREGS
80	KVM_SET_SREGS
81	KVM_GET_FPU
82	KVM_SET_FPU
83	
84	In addition, on s390 the following architecture specific ioctls for the
85	kvm-vcpu file descriptor are supported:
86	ioctl:		KVM_S390_INTERRUPT
87	args:		struct kvm_s390_interrupt *
88	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
89	This ioctl is used to submit an interrupt for a specific virtual cpu.
90	Only some interrupt types defined in include/linux/kvm.h make sense when
91	submitted for a specific cpu. The following interrupts are not considered
92	to be useful, and a call to inject them will result in -EINVAL error code:
93	service processor calls and virtio interrupts. Valid interrupt types are:
94	KVM_S390_PROGRAM_INT
95	KVM_S390_SIGP_STOP
96	KVM_S390_RESTART
97	KVM_S390_SIGP_SET_PREFIX
98	KVM_S390_INT_EMERGENCY
99	
100	ioctl:		KVM_S390_STORE_STATUS
101	args:		unsigned long
102	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
103	This ioctl stores the state of the cpu at the guest real address given as
104	argument, unless one of the following values defined in include/linux/kvm.h
105	is given as argument:
106	KVM_S390_STORE_STATUS_NOADDR - the CPU stores its status to the save area in
107	absolute lowcore as defined by the principles of operation
108	KVM_S390_STORE_STATUS_PREFIXED - the CPU stores its status to the save area in
109	its prefix page just like the dump tool that comes with zipl. This is useful
110	to create a system dump for use with lkcdutils or crash.
111	
112	ioctl:		KVM_S390_SET_INITIAL_PSW
113	args:		struct kvm_s390_psw *
114	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
115	This ioctl can be used to set the processor status word (psw) of a stopped cpu
116	prior to running it with KVM_RUN. Note that this call is not required to modify
117	the psw during sie intercepts that fall back to userspace because struct kvm_run
118	does contain the psw, and this value is evaluated during reentry of KVM_RUN
119	after the intercept exit was recognized.
120	
121	ioctl:		KVM_S390_INITIAL_RESET
122	args:		none
123	see also:	include/linux/kvm.h
124	This ioctl can be used to perform an initial cpu reset as defined by the
125	principles of operation. The target cpu has to be in stopped state.
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