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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 00/12] KVM: Add host swap event notifications for PV guest
On Tue, Jan 5, 2010 at 11:12 PM, Gleb Natapov <> wrote:
> KVM virtualizes guest memory by means of shadow pages or HW assistance
> like NPT/EPT. Not all memory used by a guest is mapped into the guest
> address space or even present in a host memory at any given time.
> When vcpu tries to access memory page that is not mapped into the guest
> address space KVM is notified about it. KVM maps the page into the guest
> address space and resumes vcpu execution. If the page is swapped out
> from host memory vcpu execution is suspended till the page is not swapped
> into the memory again. This is inefficient since vcpu can do other work
> (run other task or serve interrupts) while page gets swapped in.
> To overcome this inefficiency this patch series implements "asynchronous
> page fault" for paravirtualized KVM guests. If a page that vcpu is
> trying to access is swapped out KVM sends an async PF to the vcpu
> and continues vcpu execution. Requested page is swapped in by another
> thread in parallel.  When vcpu gets async PF it puts faulted task to
> sleep until "wake up" interrupt is delivered. When the page is brought
> to the host memory KVM sends "wake up" interrupt and the guest's task
> resumes execution.

Is it true that to make this work, we will need a (PV) kernel driver
for each guest OS (Windows, Linux, ...)?

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