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SubjectRe: [PATCH][KVM] Add support for Pause Filtering to AMD SVM
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On Tue, May 5, 2009 at 16:09, Mark Langsdorf <mark.langsdorf@amd.com> wrote:
> commit 6f15c833f56267baf5abdd0fbc90a81489573053
> Author: Mark Langsdorf <mlangsdo@wshpnow.amd.com>
> Date:   Mon May 4 15:02:38 2009 -0500
>
>    New AMD processors will support the Pause Filter Feature.
>    This feature creates a new field in the VMCB called Pause
>    Filter Count.  If Pause Filter Count is greater than 0 and
>    ntercepting PAUSEs is enabled, the processor will increment
>    an internal counter when a PAUSE instruction occurs instead
>    of intercepting.  When the internal counter reaches the
>    Pause Filter Count value, a PAUSE intercept will occur.
>
>    This feature can be used to detect contended spinlocks,
>    especially when the lock holding VCPU is not scheduled.
>    Rescheduling another VCPU prevents the VCPU seeking the
>    lock from wasting its quantum by spinning idly.
>
>    Experimental results show that most spinlocks are held
>    for less than 1000 PAUSE cycles or more than a few
>    thousand.  Default the Pause Filter Counter to 3000 to
>    detect the contended spinlocks.
>
>    Processor support for this feature is indicated by a CPUID
>    bit.
>
>    On a 24 core system running 4 guests each with 16 VCPUs,
>    this patch improved overall performance of each guest's
>    32 job kernbench by approximately 1%.  Further performance
>    improvement may be possible with a more sophisticated
>    yield algorithm.
>
>    -Mark Langsdorf
>    Operating System Research Center
>    AMD
>
>    Signed-off-by: Mark Langsdorf <mark.langsdorf@amd.com>
>
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/svm.c b/arch/x86/kvm/svm.c
> index ef43a18..14dab13 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kvm/svm.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kvm/svm.c
> @@ -575,6 +576,12 @@ static void init_vmcb(struct vcpu_svm *svm)
>
>        svm->nested_vmcb = 0;
>        svm->vcpu.arch.hflags = HF_GIF_MASK;
> +
> +       if (svm_has(SVM_FEATURE_PAUSE_FILTER)) {
> +               control->pause_filter_count = 5000;
The commit message says something about 3000.

> +               control->intercept |= (1ULL << INTERCEPT_PAUSE);
> +       }
> +
>  }
>
>  static int svm_vcpu_reset(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
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