[RFC PATCH] KVM: PPC: BOOK3S: HV: THP support for guest

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed May 7 06:35:53 EST 2014

On Tue, 2014-05-06 at 21:38 +0530, Aneesh Kumar K.V wrote:

> >> I updated the commit message as below. Let me know if this is ok.
> >>
> >>      KVM: PPC: BOOK3S: HV: THP support for guest
> >
> > This has nothing to do with THP.
> THP support in guest depend on KVM advertising MPSS feature. We already
> have rest of the changes needed to support transparent huge pages
> upstream. (We do support THP with PowerVM LPAR already). The primary
> motivation of this patch is to enable THP in powerkvm guest. 

I would argue (nit picking, I know ... :-) that the subject should be
"Enable MPSS support for guests", and the description can then explain
that this allows Linux guests to use THP.


> >
> >>      
> >>      On recent IBM Power CPUs, while the hashed page table is looked up using
> >>      the page size from the segmentation hardware (i.e. the SLB), it is
> >>      possible to have the HPT entry indicate a larger page size.  Thus for
> >>      example it is possible to put a 16MB page in a 64kB segment, but since
> >>      the hash lookup is done using a 64kB page size, it may be necessary to
> >>      put multiple entries in the HPT for a single 16MB page.  This
> >>      capability is called mixed page-size segment (MPSS).  With MPSS,
> >>      there are two relevant page sizes: the base page size, which is the
> >>      size used in searching the HPT, and the actual page size, which is the
> >>      size indicated in the HPT entry. [ Note that the actual page size is
> >>      always >= base page size ].
> >>      
> >>      We advertise MPSS feature to guest only if the host CPU supports the
> >>      same. We use "ibm,segment-page-sizes" device tree node to advertise
> >>      the MPSS support. The penc encoding indicate whether we support
> >>      a specific combination of base page size and actual page size
> >>      in the same segment. It is also the value used in the L|LP encoding
> >>      of HPTE entry.
> >>      
> >>      In-order to support MPSS in guest, KVM need to handle the below details
> >>      * advertise MPSS via ibm,segment-page-sizes
> >>      * Decode the base and actual page size correctly from the HPTE entry
> >>        so that we know what we are dealing with in H_ENTER and and can do
> >
> > Which code path exactly changes for H_ENTER?
> There is no real code path changes. Any code path that use
> hpte_page_size() is impacted. We return actual page size there. 
> >
> >>        the appropriate TLB invalidation in H_REMOVE and evictions.
> >
> > Apart from the grammar (which is pretty broken for the part that is not 
> > copied from Paul) and the subject line this sounds quite reasonable.
> >
> Wll try to fix.
> -aneesh

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