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SubjectRe: [PATCH v18 10/10] virtio-balloon: don't report free pages when page poisoning is enabled
On 12/01/2017 11:49 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 29, 2017 at 09:55:26PM +0800, Wei Wang wrote:
>> The guest free pages should not be discarded by the live migration thread
>> when page poisoning is enabled with PAGE_POISONING_NO_SANITY=n, because
>> skipping the transfer of such poisoned free pages will trigger false
>> positive when new pages are allocated and checked on the destination.
>> This patch skips the reporting of free pages in the above case.
>>
>> Reported-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com>
>> Signed-off-by: Wei Wang <wei.w.wang@intel.com>
>> Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@suse.com>
>> ---
>> drivers/virtio/virtio_balloon.c | 4 +++-
>> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/virtio/virtio_balloon.c b/drivers/virtio/virtio_balloon.c
>> index 035bd3a..6ac4cff 100644
>> --- a/drivers/virtio/virtio_balloon.c
>> +++ b/drivers/virtio/virtio_balloon.c
>> @@ -652,7 +652,9 @@ static void report_free_page(struct work_struct *work)
>> /* Start by sending the obtained cmd id to the host with an outbuf */
>> send_one_desc(vb, vb->free_page_vq, virt_to_phys(&vb->start_cmd_id),
>> sizeof(uint32_t), false, true, false);
>> - walk_free_mem_block(vb, 0, &virtio_balloon_send_free_pages);
>> + if (!(page_poisoning_enabled() &&
>> + !IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_PAGE_POISONING_NO_SANITY)))
>> + walk_free_mem_block(vb, 0, &virtio_balloon_send_free_pages);
>> /*
>> * End by sending the stop id to the host with an outbuf. Use the
>> * non-batching mode here to trigger a kick after adding the stop id.
> PAGE_POISONING_ZERO is actually OK.

I think the 0-filled pages still need to be sent. If the host on the
destination doesn't use PAGE_POISONING_ZERO, then the pages it offers to
the guest on the destination may have non-0 values.



>
> But I really would prefer it that we still send pages to host,
> otherwise debugging becomes much harder.
>
> And it does not have to be completely useless, even though
> you can not discard them as they would be zero-filled then.
>
> How about a config field telling host what should be there in the free
> pages? This way even though host can not discard them, host can send
> them out without reading them, still a win.
>
>

OK, but I think we would need two 32-bit config registers:

__u32 page_poison_val; // stores the PAGE_POISON VALUE, but it couldn't
indicate if page poisoning is in use

__u32 special_features; // set bit 0 to indicate page poisoning is in use

#define VIRTIO_BALLOON_SF_PAGE_POISON (1 << 0)


Best,
Wei




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