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Thursday, October 29 • 06:00 - 06:30
Look Ma’, No (Real) Interrupt Controller! - Marc Zyngier, Google & Christoffer Dall, Arm

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Modern interrupt controllers are very complicated constructs with complex interfaces, only matched by the complexity of the software that emulates them. In a hypervisor, this software often lives at a privileged exception level, exposing an attractive attack surface for malicious actors, and making it difficult to verify the correctness of the hypervisor. This is problematic for many hypervisor deployments, especially when aiming to provide trusted execution environments. To address these concerns, we present a paravirtualized interrupt controller architecture, which is easier to verify, provides the minimum level of service that a VM requires as well as consistent semantics, and which has the potential to be used across CPU architectures. This gives the opportunity to consider trade-offs between performance and complexity, and the applicability to being built or accelerated in hardware.

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Christoffer Dall

Principal Engineer, Arm
Christoffer Dall wrote the first implementation of KVM for the Arm architecture and co-maintained KVM/Arm in Linux for several years. Christoffer currently works for Arm, doing computer architecture with a focus on security and virtualization technologies. Christoffer Dall has a PhD... Read More →

Marc Zyngier

Software Engineer, Google
Marc has been working on the Linux kernel since an unexpected encounter with 0.99pl13 in 1993. His first contribution was merged in 1996 in the form of the original version of the MD driver. Having played with fault tolerant systems at Bull, worked on exotic (and ultimately doomed... Read More →

Thursday October 29, 2020 06:00 - 06:30 GMT
KVM Theater
  KVM Track 1