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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2 0/7] x86/idle: add halt poll support
On 2017/8/29 22:02, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>> Here is the data we get when running benchmark netperf:
>> 2. w/ patch:
>> halt_poll_threshold=10000 -- 15803.89 bits/s -- 159.5 %CPU
>> halt_poll_threshold=20000 -- 15899.04 bits/s -- 161.5 %CPU
>> halt_poll_threshold=30000 -- 15642.38 bits/s -- 161.8 %CPU
>> halt_poll_threshold=40000 -- 18040.76 bits/s -- 184.0 %CPU
>> halt_poll_threshold=50000 -- 18877.61 bits/s -- 197.3 %CPU
>> 3. kvm dynamic poll
>> halt_poll_ns=10000 -- 15876.00 bits/s -- 172.2 %CPU
>> halt_poll_ns=20000 -- 15602.58 bits/s -- 185.4 %CPU
>> halt_poll_ns=30000 -- 15930.69 bits/s -- 194.4 %CPU
>> halt_poll_ns=40000 -- 16413.09 bits/s -- 195.3 %CPU
>> halt_poll_ns=50000 -- 16417.42 bits/s -- 196.3 %CPU
> Actually I'm not sure how much sense it makes to introduce this pv
> stuff and the duplicate adaptive halt-polling logic as what has
> already been done in kvm w/o obvious benefit for real workload like
> netperf. In addition, as you mentioned offline to me, enable both the
> patchset and the adaptive halt-polling logic in kvm simultaneously can
> result in more cpu power consumption. I remembered that David from

No.If we use poll in KVM side, it will consume more cpu than in guest
side. If use both two, then we can get the performance as only enable
guest side poll but it will cost more cpu because of poll in KVM side.
It means we should disable KVM side poll since it cannot give much
improvement than guest side except consume more cpu.

> Google mentioned that Windows Event Objects can get 2x latency
> improvement in KVM FORUM, which means that the adaptive halt-polling
> in kvm should be enabled by default. So if the windows guests and
> linux guests are mixed on the same host, then this patchset will
> result in more cpu power consumption if the customer enable the
> polling in the linux guest. Anyway, if the patchset is finally

I have said in last time, there already users using idle=poll in there
VM, you *cannot* prevent them doing it. This patch provide a better
solution than unconditional poll, we didn't introduce any worse stuff.

> acceptable by maintainer, I will introduce the generic adaptive
> halt-polling framework in kvm to avoid the duplicate logic.

We will add more conditions than the current algorithm in future. But
it's ok to use one code currently, we will do it in next version.

> Regards,
> Wanpeng Li

Alibaba Cloud Computing

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