Re: [PATCH v2 0/7] KVM: MMU: fast zap all shadow pages

From: Xiao Guangrong
Date: Fri Mar 22 2013 - 07:11:08 EST

On 03/22/2013 06:54 PM, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:

>>> And then have codepaths that nuke shadow pages break from the spinlock,
>> I think this is not needed any more. We can let mmu_notify use the generation
>> number to invalid all shadow pages, then we only need to free them after
>> all vcpus down and mmu_notify unregistered - at this point, no lock contention,
>> we can directly free them.
>>> such as kvm_mmu_slot_remove_write_access does now (spin_needbreak).
>> BTW, to my honest, i do not think spin_needbreak is a good way - it does
>> not fix the hot-lock contention and it just occupies more cpu time to avoid
>> possible soft lock-ups.
>> Especially, zap-all-shadow-pages can let other vcpus fault and vcpus contest
>> mmu-lock, then zap-all-shadow-pages release mmu-lock and wait, other vcpus
>> create page tables again. zap-all-shadow-page need long time to be finished,
>> the worst case is, it can not completed forever on intensive vcpu and memory
>> usage.
> Yes, but the suggestion is to use spin_needbreak on the VM shutdown
> cases, where there is no detailed concern about performance. Such as
> mmu_notifier_release, kvm_destroy_vm, etc. In those cases what matters
> most is that host remains unaffected (and that it finishes in a
> reasonable time).

Okay. I agree with you, will give a try.

>> I still think the right way to fix this kind of thing is optimization for
>> mmu-lock.
> And then for the cases where performance matters just increase a
> VM global generetion number, zap the roots and then on kvm_mmu_get_page:
> kvm_mmu_get_page() {
> sp = lookup_hash(gfn)
> if (sp->role = role) {
> if (sp->mmu_gen_number != kvm->arch.mmu_gen_number) {
> kvm_mmu_commit_zap_page(sp); (no need for TLB flushes as its unreachable)
> kvm_mmu_init_page(sp);
> proceed as if the page was just allocated
> }
> }
> }
> It makes the kvm_mmu_zap_all path even faster than you have now.
> I suppose this was your idea correct with the generation number correct?

Wow, great minds think alike, this is exactly what i am doing. ;)

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