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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 00/12] KVM: Add host swap event notifications for PV guest
On Tue, Jan 05, 2010 at 04:12:42PM +0200, 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.

Some high level comments:

- cr2 used as token: better use the shared region? what if:

async pf queued
guest triple faults without a vmexit
inject async-pf-done with token in cr2

Also, in such scenario, can't you potentially corrupt guest memory after
the triple fault by writing to the previously registered shared region
address?

- The token can overflow relatively easy. Use u64?

- Does it really inject interrupts for non-pv guests while waiting
for swapin? Can't see that. Wish it was more geared towards fv.

- Please share some perf numbers.

- Limit the number of queued async pf's per guest ?

- Unify gfn_to_pfn / gfn_to_pfn_async code in the pf handlers (easier
to review).



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