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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/8]KVM: swap out guest pages
Shaohua Li wrote:
> This patch series make kvm guest pages be able to be swapped out and
> dynamically allocated. Without it, all guest memory is allocated at
> guest start time.
>
> patches are against latest git, and you need first patch Avi's kvm-sch
> integration patch
> (http://sourceforge.net/mailarchive/forum.php?thread_name=11841693332609-git-send-email-avi%40qumranet.com&forum_name=kvm-devel ).
>
> Patch is quite stable in my test. With the patch, I can run a 256M
> memory guest in a 300M memory host.

What about the opposite?

> If guest is idle, the memory it used
> can be less than 10M. I did a simple performance test (measure kernel
> build time in guest), if there is few swap, the performance w/wo the
> patch difference isn't significent. If you have better measurement
> approach, please let me try.
>
> Unresolved issue:
> 1. swapoff doesn't work, we need a hook.
> 2. SMP guest might not work, as kvm doesn't support smp till now.
> 3. better algorithm to select swaped out guest pages according to
> guest's memory usage.
> Maybe more.
>
> Any suggests and comments are appreciated.
>

The big question is whether to have kvm's own address_space or not.

Having an address_space (like your patch does) is remarkably simple, and
requires few hooks from the current vm. However using existing vmas
mapped by the user has many advantages:

- compatible with s390 requirements
- allows the user to use hugetlbfs pages, which have a performance
advantage using ept/npt (but which are unswappable)
- allows the user to map a file (which can be regarded as way to specify
the swap device)
- better ingration with the rest of the vm

I am quite torn between the simplicity of your approach and the
advantages of using generic vmas. However, s390 pretty much forces our
hand.

What is your opinion of extending generic vmas to back kvm guest memory?

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