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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] keep guest wallclock in sync with host clock
On Wed, Sep 02, 2009 at 02:44:11PM +0300, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 09/01/2009 02:50 PM, Glauber Costa wrote:
>> KVM clock is great to avoid drifting in guest VMs running ontop of kvm.
>> However, the current mechanism will not propagate changes in wallclock value
>> upwards. This effectively means that in a large pool of VMs that need accurate timing,
>> all of them has to run NTP, instead of just the host doing it.
>>
>> Since the host updates information in the shared memory area upon msr writes,
>> this patch introduces a worker that writes to that msr, and calls do_settimeofday
>> at fixed intervals, with second resolution. A interval of 0 determines that we
>> are not interested in this behaviour. A later patch will make this optional at
>> runtime
>>
>> +
>> +static void kvm_sync_wall_clock(struct work_struct *work)
>> +{
>> + struct timespec now;
>> +
>> + kvm_get_wall_ts(&now);
>>
>
> What happens if we schedule here?
hummm, I guess disabling preemption would be enough to make us safe here?

>
>> +
>> + do_settimeofday(&now);
>> + schedule_next_update();
>> +}
>> +
>> +static __init int init_updates(void)
>> +{
>> + schedule_next_update();
>> + return 0;
>> +}
>> +/*
>> + * It has to be run after workqueues are initialized, since we call
>> + * schedule_delayed_work. Other than that, we have no specific requirements
>> + */
>> +late_initcall(init_updates);
>>
>
> Should this run on bare metal too?
>
> --
> error compiling committee.c: too many arguments to function
>


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