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Hypercall Op-codes (hcalls)
Virtualization on 64-bit Power Book3S Platforms is based on the PAPR
specification [1]_ which describes the run-time environment for a guest
operating system and how it should interact with the hypervisor for
privileged operations. Currently there are two PAPR compliant hypervisors:
- **IBM PowerVM (PHYP)**: IBM's proprietary hypervisor that supports AIX,
IBM-i and Linux as supported guests (termed as Logical Partitions
or LPARS). It supports the full PAPR specification.
- **Qemu/KVM**: Supports PPC64 linux guests running on a PPC64 linux host.
Though it only implements a subset of PAPR specification called LoPAPR [2]_.
On PPC64 arch a guest kernel running on top of a PAPR hypervisor is called
a *pSeries guest*. A pseries guest runs in a supervisor mode (HV=0) and must
issue hypercalls to the hypervisor whenever it needs to perform an action
that is hypervisor priviledged [3]_ or for other services managed by the
Hence a Hypercall (hcall) is essentially a request by the pseries guest
asking hypervisor to perform a privileged operation on behalf of the guest. The
guest issues a with necessary input operands. The hypervisor after performing
the privilege operation returns a status code and output operands back to the
The ABI specification for a hcall between a pseries guest and PAPR hypervisor
is covered in section 14.5.3 of ref [2]_. Switch to the Hypervisor context is
done via the instruction **HVCS** that expects the Opcode for hcall is set in *r3*
and any in-arguments for the hcall are provided in registers *r4-r12*. If values
have to be passed through a memory buffer, the data stored in that buffer should be
in Big-endian byte order.
Once control returns back to the guest after hypervisor has serviced the
'HVCS' instruction the return value of the hcall is available in *r3* and any
out values are returned in registers *r4-r12*. Again like in case of in-arguments,
any out values stored in a memory buffer will be in Big-endian byte order.
Powerpc arch code provides convenient wrappers named **plpar_hcall_xxx** defined
in a arch specific header [4]_ to issue hcalls from the linux kernel
running as pseries guest.
Register Conventions
Any hcall should follow same register convention as described in section
of "64-Bit ELF V2 ABI Specification: Power Architecture"[5]_. Table below
summarizes these conventions:
| Register |Volatile | Purpose |
| Range |(Y/N) | |
| r0 | Y | Optional-usage |
| r1 | N | Stack Pointer |
| r2 | N | TOC |
| r3 | Y | hcall opcode/return value |
| r4-r10 | Y | in and out values |
| r11 | Y | Optional-usage/Environmental pointer |
| r12 | Y | Optional-usage/Function entry address at |
| | | global entry point |
| r13 | N | Thread-Pointer |
| r14-r31 | N | Local Variables |
| LR | Y | Link Register |
| CTR | Y | Loop Counter |
| XER | Y | Fixed-point exception register. |
| CR0-1 | Y | Condition register fields. |
| CR2-4 | N | Condition register fields. |
| CR5-7 | Y | Condition register fields. |
| Others | N | |
DRC & DRC Indexes
DR1 Guest
+--+ +------------+ +---------+
| | <----> | | | User |
+--+ DRC1 | | DRC | Space |
| PAPR | Index +---------+
DR2 | Hypervisor | | |
+--+ | | <-----> | Kernel |
| | <----> | | Hcall | |
+--+ DRC2 +------------+ +---------+
PAPR hypervisor terms shared hardware resources like PCI devices, NVDIMMs etc
available for use by LPARs as Dynamic Resource (DR). When a DR is allocated to
an LPAR, PHYP creates a data-structure called Dynamic Resource Connector (DRC)
to manage LPAR access. An LPAR refers to a DRC via an opaque 32-bit number
called DRC-Index. The DRC-index value is provided to the LPAR via device-tree
where its present as an attribute in the device tree node associated with the
HCALL Return-values
After servicing the hcall, hypervisor sets the return-value in *r3* indicating
success or failure of the hcall. In case of a failure an error code indicates
the cause for error. These codes are defined and documented in arch specific
header [4]_.
In some cases a hcall can potentially take a long time and need to be issued
multiple times in order to be completely serviced. These hcalls will usually
accept an opaque value *continue-token* within there argument list and a
return value of *H_CONTINUE* indicates that hypervisor hasn't still finished
servicing the hcall yet.
To make such hcalls the guest need to set *continue-token == 0* for the
initial call and use the hypervisor returned value of *continue-token*
for each subsequent hcall until hypervisor returns a non *H_CONTINUE*
return value.
HCALL Op-codes
Below is a partial list of HCALLs that are supported by PHYP. For the
corresponding opcode values please look into the arch specific header [4]_:
| Input: *drcIndex, offset, buffer-address, numBytesToRead*
| Out: *numBytesRead*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_P3, H_Hardware*
Given a DRC Index of an NVDIMM, read N-bytes from the metadata area
associated with it, at a specified offset and copy it to provided buffer.
The metadata area stores configuration information such as label information,
bad-blocks etc. The metadata area is located out-of-band of NVDIMM storage
area hence a separate access semantics is provided.
| Input: *drcIndex, offset, data, numBytesToWrite*
| Out: *None*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_P4, H_Hardware*
Given a DRC Index of an NVDIMM, write N-bytes to the metadata area
associated with it, at the specified offset and from the provided buffer.
| Input: *drcIndex, startingScmBlockIndex, numScmBlocksToBind,*
| *targetLogicalMemoryAddress, continue-token*
| Out: *continue-token, targetLogicalMemoryAddress, numScmBlocksToBound*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_P3, H_P4, H_Overlap,*
| *H_Too_Big, H_P5, H_Busy*
Given a DRC-Index of an NVDIMM, map a continuous SCM blocks range
*(startingScmBlockIndex, startingScmBlockIndex+numScmBlocksToBind)* to the guest
at *targetLogicalMemoryAddress* within guest physical address space. In
case *targetLogicalMemoryAddress == 0xFFFFFFFF_FFFFFFFF* then hypervisor
assigns a target address to the guest. The HCALL can fail if the Guest has
an active PTE entry to the SCM block being bound.
| Input: drcIndex, startingScmLogicalMemoryAddress, numScmBlocksToUnbind
| Out: numScmBlocksUnbound
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_P3, H_In_Use, H_Overlap,*
| *H_Busy, H_LongBusyOrder1mSec, H_LongBusyOrder10mSec*
Given a DRC-Index of an NVDimm, unmap *numScmBlocksToUnbind* SCM blocks starting
at *startingScmLogicalMemoryAddress* from guest physical address space. The
HCALL can fail if the Guest has an active PTE entry to the SCM block being
| Input: *drcIndex, scmBlockIndex*
| Out: *Guest-Physical-Address*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_NotFound*
Given a DRC-Index and an SCM Block index return the guest physical address to
which the SCM block is mapped to.
| Input: *Guest-Physical-Address*
| Out: *drcIndex, scmBlockIndex*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_NotFound*
Given a guest physical address return which DRC Index and SCM block is mapped
to that address.
| Input: *scmTargetScope, drcIndex*
| Out: *None*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_P3, H_In_Use, H_Busy,*
| *H_LongBusyOrder1mSec, H_LongBusyOrder10mSec*
Depending on the Target scope unmap all SCM blocks belonging to all NVDIMMs
or all SCM blocks belonging to a single NVDIMM identified by its drcIndex
from the LPAR memory.
| Input: drcIndex
| Out: *health-bitmap (r4), health-bit-valid-bitmap (r5)*
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_Hardware*
Given a DRC Index return the info on predictive failure and overall health of
the PMEM device. The asserted bits in the health-bitmap indicate one or more states
(described in table below) of the PMEM device and health-bit-valid-bitmap indicate
which bits in health-bitmap are valid. The bits are reported in
reverse bit ordering for example a value of 0xC400000000000000
indicates bits 0, 1, and 5 are valid.
Health Bitmap Flags:
| Bit | Definition |
| 00 | PMEM device is unable to persist memory contents. |
| | If the system is powered down, nothing will be saved. |
| 01 | PMEM device failed to persist memory contents. Either contents were |
| | not saved successfully on power down or were not restored properly on |
| | power up. |
| 02 | PMEM device contents are persisted from previous IPL. The data from |
| | the last boot were successfully restored. |
| 03 | PMEM device contents are not persisted from previous IPL. There was no|
| | data to restore from the last boot. |
| 04 | PMEM device memory life remaining is critically low |
| 05 | PMEM device will be garded off next IPL due to failure |
| 06 | PMEM device contents cannot persist due to current platform health |
| | status. A hardware failure may prevent data from being saved or |
| | restored. |
| 07 | PMEM device is unable to persist memory contents in certain conditions|
| 08 | PMEM device is encrypted |
| 09 | PMEM device has successfully completed a requested erase or secure |
| | erase procedure. |
|10:63 | Reserved / Unused |
| Input: drcIndex, resultBuffer Addr
| Out: None
| Return Value: *H_Success, H_Parameter, H_Unsupported, H_Hardware, H_Authority, H_Privilege*
Given a DRC Index collect the performance statistics for NVDIMM and copy them
to the resultBuffer.
| Input: *drcIndex, continue-token*
| Out: *continue-token*
| Return Value: *H_SUCCESS, H_Parameter, H_P2, H_BUSY*
Given a DRC Index Flush the data to backend NVDIMM device.
The hcall returns H_BUSY when the flush takes longer time and the hcall needs
to be issued multiple times in order to be completely serviced. The
*continue-token* from the output to be passed in the argument list of
subsequent hcalls to the hypervisor until the hcall is completely serviced
at which point H_SUCCESS or other error is returned by the hypervisor.
.. [1] "Power Architecture Platform Reference"
.. [2] "Linux on Power Architecture Platform Reference"
.. [3] "Definitions and Notation" Book III-Section 14.5.3
.. [4] arch/powerpc/include/asm/hvcall.h
.. [5] "64-Bit ELF V2 ABI Specification: Power Architecture"