Re: AlacrityVM benchmark numbers updated

From: Gregory Haskins
Date: Wed Aug 26 2009 - 14:43:06 EST

Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 08/26/2009 04:01 AM, Gregory Haskins wrote:
>> We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest networking
>> benchmark numbers for AlacrityVM. We've made several tweaks to the
>> original v0.1 release to improve performance. The most notable is a
>> switch from get_user_pages to switch_mm+copy_[to/from]_user thanks to a
>> review suggestion from Michael Tsirkin (as well as his patch to
>> implement it).
>> This change alone accounted for freeing up an additional 1.2Gbps, which
>> is over 25% improvement from v0.1. The previous numbers were 4560Gbps
>> before the change, and 5708Gbps after (for 1500mtu over 10GE). This
>> moves us ever closer to the goal of native performance under
>> virtualization.
> Interesting, it's good to see that copy_*_user() works so well. Note
> that there's a possible optimization that goes in the opposite direction
> - keep using get_user_pages(), but use the dma engine API to perform the
> actual copy. I expect that it will only be a win when using tso to
> transfer full pages. Large pages may also help.
> Copyless tx also wants get_user_pages(). It makes sense to check if
> switch_mm() + get_user_pages_fast() gives better performance than
> get_user_pages().

Actually, I have already look at this and it does indeed seem better to
use switch_mm+gupf() over gup() by quite a large margin. You could then
couple that with your DMA-engine idea to potentially gain even more
benefits (though probably not for networking since most NICs have their
own DMA engine anyway).

Kind Regards,

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