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SubjectRe: [PATCH 11/11] KVM: MMU: improve write flooding detected
On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 05:05:40PM -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 04:16:52AM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
> > On 08/24/2011 03:09 AM, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > > On Wed, Aug 24, 2011 at 12:32:32AM +0800, Xiao Guangrong wrote:
> > >> On 08/23/2011 08:38 PM, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> > >>
> > >>>> And, i think there are not problems since: if the spte without accssed bit is
> > >>>> written frequently, it means the guest page table is accessed infrequently or
> > >>>> during the writing, the guest page table is not accessed, in this time, zapping
> > >>>> this shadow page is not bad.
> > >>>
> > >>> Think of the following scenario:
> > >>>
> > >>> 1) page fault, spte with accessed bit is created from gpte at gfnA+indexA.
> > >>> 2) write to gfnA+indexA, spte has accessed bit set, write_flooding_count
> > >>> is not increased.
> > >>> 3) repeat
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >> I think the result is just we hoped, we do not want to zap the shadow page
> > >> because the spte is currently used by the guest, it also will be used in the
> > >> next repetition. So do not increase 'write_flooding_count' is a good choice.
> > >
> > > Its not used. Step 2) is write to write protected shadow page at
> > > gfnA.
> > >
> > >> Let's consider what will happen if we increase 'write_flooding_count':
> > >> 1: after three repetitions, zap the shadow page
> > >> 2: in step 1, we will alloc a new shadow page for gpte at gfnA+indexA
> > >> 3: in step 2, the flooding count is creased, so after 3 repetitions, the
> > >> shadow page can be zapped again, repeat 1 to 3.
> > >
> > > The shadow page will not be zapped because the spte created from
> > > gfnA+indexA has the accessed bit set:
> > >
> > > if (spte && !(*spte & shadow_accessed_mask))
> > > sp->write_flooding_count++;
> > > else
> > > sp->write_flooding_count = 0;
> > >
> >
> > Ah, i see, i thought it was "repeat"ed on the same spte, it was my wrong.
> >
> > Yes, in this case, the sp is not zapped, but it is hardly to know the gfn
> > is not used as gpte just depends on writing, for example, the guest can
> > change the mapping address or the status bit, and so on...The sp can be
> > zapped if the guest write it again(on the same address), i think it is
> > acceptable, anymore, it is just the speculative way to zap the unused
> > shadow page...your opinion?
>
> It could increase the flood count independently of the accessed bit of
> the spte being updated, zapping after 3 attempts as it is now.
>
> But additionally reset the flood count if the gpte appears to be valid
> (points to an existant gfn if the present bit is set, or if its zeroed).

Well not zero, as thats a common pattern for non ptes.



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