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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kvm: better MWAIT emulation for guests
On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com> wrote:
> Some guests call mwait without checking the cpu flags. We currently

"Some guests"? What guests other than Mac OS X are so ill-behaved?

> emulate that as a NOP but on VMX we can do better: let guest stop the
> CPU until timer or IPI. CPU will be busy but that isn't any worse than
> a NOP emulation.
>
> Note that mwait within guests is not the same as on real hardware
> because you must halt if you want to go deep into sleep. Thus it isn't
> a good idea to use the regular MWAIT flag in CPUID for that. Add a flag
> in the hypervisor leaf instead.
>
> Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com>
> ---
> Documentation/virtual/kvm/cpuid.txt | 3 +++
> arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h | 1 +
> arch/x86/kvm/cpuid.c | 3 +++
> arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c | 4 ----
> 4 files changed, 7 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/virtual/kvm/cpuid.txt b/Documentation/virtual/kvm/cpuid.txt
> index 3c65feb..5caa234 100644
> --- a/Documentation/virtual/kvm/cpuid.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/virtual/kvm/cpuid.txt
> @@ -54,6 +54,9 @@ KVM_FEATURE_PV_UNHALT || 7 || guest checks this feature bit
> || || before enabling paravirtualized
> || || spinlock support.
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> +KVM_FEATURE_MWAIT || 8 || guest can use monitor/mwait
> + || || to halt the VCPU.
> +------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> KVM_FEATURE_CLOCKSOURCE_STABLE_BIT || 24 || host will warn if no guest-side
> || || per-cpu warps are expected in
> || || kvmclock.
> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
> index cff0bb6..9cc77a7 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
> +++ b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
> @@ -24,6 +24,7 @@
> #define KVM_FEATURE_STEAL_TIME 5
> #define KVM_FEATURE_PV_EOI 6
> #define KVM_FEATURE_PV_UNHALT 7
> +#define KVM_FEATURE_MWAIT 8
>
> /* The last 8 bits are used to indicate how to interpret the flags field
> * in pvclock structure. If no bits are set, all flags are ignored.
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/cpuid.c b/arch/x86/kvm/cpuid.c
> index efde6cc..fe3d292 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kvm/cpuid.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kvm/cpuid.c
> @@ -594,6 +594,9 @@ static inline int __do_cpuid_ent(struct kvm_cpuid_entry2 *entry, u32 function,
> if (sched_info_on())
> entry->eax |= (1 << KVM_FEATURE_STEAL_TIME);
>
> + if (this_cpu_has(X86_FEATURE_MWAIT))
> + entry->eax = (1 << KVM_FEATURE_MWAIT);
> +
> entry->ebx = 0;
> entry->ecx = 0;
> entry->edx = 0;
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
> index 4bfe349..b167aba 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c
> @@ -3547,13 +3547,9 @@ static __init int setup_vmcs_config(struct vmcs_config *vmcs_conf)
> CPU_BASED_USE_IO_BITMAPS |
> CPU_BASED_MOV_DR_EXITING |
> CPU_BASED_USE_TSC_OFFSETING |
> - CPU_BASED_MWAIT_EXITING |
> - CPU_BASED_MONITOR_EXITING |
> CPU_BASED_INVLPG_EXITING |
> CPU_BASED_RDPMC_EXITING;
>
> - printk(KERN_ERR "cleared CPU_BASED_MWAIT_EXITING + CPU_BASED_MONITOR_EXITING\n");
> -
> opt = CPU_BASED_TPR_SHADOW |
> CPU_BASED_USE_MSR_BITMAPS |
> CPU_BASED_ACTIVATE_SECONDARY_CONTROLS;
> --
> MST

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