[PATCH 0/4] powernv: kvm: numa fault improvement

Aneesh Kumar K.V aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Jan 21 14:40:47 EST 2014

Liu ping fan <kernelfans at gmail.com> writes:

> On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:45 PM, Aneesh Kumar K.V
> <aneesh.kumar at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>> Liu ping fan <kernelfans at gmail.com> writes:
>>> On Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM, Alexander Graf <agraf at suse.de> wrote:
>>>> On 11.12.2013, at 09:47, Liu Ping Fan <kernelfans at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> This series is based on Aneesh's series  "[PATCH -V2 0/5] powerpc: mm: Numa faults support for ppc64"
>>>>> For this series, I apply the same idea from the previous thread "[PATCH 0/3] optimize for powerpc _PAGE_NUMA"
>>>>> (for which, I still try to get a machine to show nums)
>>>>> But for this series, I think that I have a good justification -- the fact of heavy cost when switching context between guest and host,
>>>>> which is  well known.
>>>> This cover letter isn't really telling me anything. Please put a proper description of what you're trying to achieve, why you're trying to achieve what you're trying and convince your readers that it's a good idea to do it the way you do it.
>>> Sorry for the unclear message. After introducing the _PAGE_NUMA,
>>> kvmppc_do_h_enter() can not fill up the hpte for guest. Instead, it
>>> should rely on host's kvmppc_book3s_hv_page_fault() to call
>>> do_numa_page() to do the numa fault check. This incurs the overhead
>>> when exiting from rmode to vmode.  My idea is that in
>>> kvmppc_do_h_enter(), we do a quick check, if the page is right placed,
>>> there is no need to exit to vmode (i.e saving htab, slab switching)
>> Can you explain more. Are we looking at hcall from guest  and
>> hypervisor handling them in real mode ? If so why would guest issue a
>> hcall on a pte entry that have PAGE_NUMA set. Or is this about
>> hypervisor handling a missing hpte, because of host swapping this page
>> out ? In that case how we end up in h_enter ? IIUC for that case we
>> should get to kvmppc_hpte_hv_fault.
> After setting _PAGE_NUMA, we should flush out all hptes both in host's
> htab and guest's. So when guest tries to access memory, host finds
> that there is not hpte ready for guest in guest's htab. And host
> should raise dsi to guest.

Now guest receive that fault, removes the PAGE_NUMA bit and do an
hpte_insert. So before we do an hpte_insert (or H_ENTER) we should have
cleared PAGE_NUMA bit.

>This incurs that guest ends up in h_enter.
> And you can see in current code, we also try this quick path firstly.
> Only if fail, we will resort to slow path --  kvmppc_hpte_hv_fault.

hmm ? hpte_hv_fault is the hypervisor handling the fault.


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