[PATCH 4/4] kvmppc: convert wrteei to wrtee as kvm guest optimization
hollisb at us.ibm.com
Thu Aug 21 04:30:00 EST 2008
On Wed, 2008-08-20 at 14:53 +0200, Christian Ehrhardt wrote:
> Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tuesday 19 August 2008, ehrhardt at linux.vnet.ibm.com wrote:
> >> Dependent on the already existing CONFIG_KVM_GUEST config option
> this patch
> >> changes wrteei to wrtee allowing the hypervisor to rewrite those to
> >> instructions. Maybe we should split the kvm guest otpimizations in
> two parts
> >> one for the overhead free optimizations and on for the rest that
> might add
> >> some complexity for non virtualized execution (like this one).
> >> Signed-off-by: Christian Ehrhardt <ehrhardt at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > How significant is the performance impact of this change for
> > systems? If it's very low, maybe you should not bother with the
> #ifdef, and
> > if it's noticable, you might be better off using dynamic patching
> for this.
> > Arnd <><
> To be honest I unfortunately don't know how big the impact for
> non-virtualized systems is. I would like to test it, but without
> hardware performance counters on the core I have I'm not sure (yet)
> to measure that in a good way - any suggestion welcome.
I don't see why we need performance counters. Can't we just compare any
bare metal benchmark results with the patch both applied and not?
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