Re: [PATCH 01/11] Add shared memory hypercall to PV Linux guest.

From: Gleb Natapov
Date: Tue Nov 03 2009 - 02:16:50 EST

On Tue, Nov 03, 2009 at 07:15:10AM +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 11/02/2009 06:18 PM, Gleb Natapov wrote:
> >>>+#define KVM_PV_SHM_VERSION 1
> >>versions = bad, feature bits = good
> >>
> >I have both! Do you want me to drop version?
> Yes. Once a kernel is released you can't realistically change the version.
Why not? If version doesn't match apf will not be used.

> >>Some documentation for this?
> >>
> >>Also, the name should reflect the pv pagefault use. For other uses
> >>we can register other areas.
> >>
> >I wanted it to be generic, but I am fine with making it apf specific.
> >It will allow to make it smaller too.
> Maybe we can squeeze it into the page-fault error code?
apf has to pass two things into a guest kernel:
- event type (page not present/wake up)
- unique token
Error code has 32 bits and at least 1 of them should indicate that this
is apf another one should indicate event type so this leaves us 30 bits
for a token. 12 bits of a token is used to store vcpu id this leaves 18
bits for unique per vcpu id. Yes this may be enough. I don't think it is
realistic to have more then 200000 outstanding apfs per vcpu. Alternately
we can use CR2 to pass a token.

> >>would solve this. I prefer using put_user() though than a permanent
> >>get_user_pages().
> >>
> >I want to prevent it from been swapped out.
> Since you don't prevent the page fault handler or code from being
> swapped out, you don't get anything out of it.
Performance. Currently it is accessed on each page fault and to access
it gup+kmap should be done each and every time.

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