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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/6 V2] Add age out of guest paused flag
On Tue, 01 Nov 2011, Anthony Liguori wrote:

> On 10/31/2011 03:07 PM, Eric B Munson wrote:
> >The KVM_GUEST_PAUSED flag will prevent a guest from compaining about a soft
> >lockup but it can mask real soft lockups if the flag isn't cleared when it is
> >no longer relevant. This patch adds a kvm ioctl that the hypervisor will use
> >when it resumes a guest to start a timer for aging out the flag. The time out
> >will be specified by the hypervisor in the ioctl call.
> >
> >Signed-off-by: Eric B Munson<emunson@mgebm.net>
>
> Why not have the guest clear the flag when it acknowledges it?
>
> The hypervisor would unconditionally set the bit, and the guest
> would do a testandclear to check if the bit is set. I think that
> avoids the whole aging business.
>
> Regards,
>
> Anthony Liguori

If you have a look at patch 5 of this series, the flag is cleared when the
guest checks the validity of a soft lockup. However, the aging is meant to
cover the case where the guest never sees a soft lockup. We don't want this
flag to be stored for ever and end up delaying real soft lockup messages. With
that case in mind, I thought this was a good/simple compramise.

Eric

>
> >---
> >Cahnges from V1:
> > Add host functions for flag management to arch/x86/kvm/x86.c instead of
> >kvmclock.c
> >
> > arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h | 2 ++
> > arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 32 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > include/linux/kvm.h | 2 ++
> > include/linux/kvm_host.h | 2 ++
> > 4 files changed, 38 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >
> >diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h
> >index 9312814..e8460b9 100644
> >--- a/arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h
> >+++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h
> >@@ -18,6 +18,8 @@ void kvm_set_host_stopped(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu);
> >
> > bool kvm_check_and_clear_host_stopped(int cpu);
> >
> >+void kvm_clear_guest_paused(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, unsigned int length);
> >+
> > /*
> > * Scale a 64-bit delta by scaling and multiplying by a 32-bit fraction,
> > * yielding a 64-bit result.
> >diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c b/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
> >index 592ac3b..fb0132a 100644
> >--- a/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
> >+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/x86.c
> >@@ -46,6 +46,7 @@
> > #include<linux/hash.h>
> > #include<linux/pci.h>
> > #include<trace/events/kvm.h>
> >+#include<linux/timer.h>
> >
> > #define CREATE_TRACE_POINTS
> > #include "trace.h"
> >@@ -3300,6 +3301,15 @@ long kvm_arch_vcpu_ioctl(struct file *filp,
> > kvm_set_host_stopped(vcpu);
> > break;
> > }
> >+ case KVM_CLEAR_GUEST_PAUSED: {
> >+ unsigned int length;
> >+ r = -EFAULT;
> >+ if (copy_from_user(&length, argp, sizeof length))
> >+ goto out;
> >+ r = 0;
> >+ kvm_clear_guest_paused(vcpu, length);
> >+ break;
> >+ }
> > default:
> > r = -EINVAL;
> > }
> >@@ -6133,6 +6143,28 @@ void kvm_set_host_stopped(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
> > }
> > EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kvm_set_host_stopped);
> >
> >+static void kvm_timer_clear_guest_paused(unsigned long vcpu_addr)
> >+{
> >+ struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu = (struct kvm_vcpu *)vcpu_addr;
> >+ struct pvclock_vcpu_time_info *src =&vcpu->arch.hv_clock;
> >+ src->flags = src->flags& (~PVCLOCK_GUEST_STOPPED);
> >+}
> >+
> >+/*
> >+ * Host has resumed the guest, we need to clear the guest paused flag so we
> >+ * don't mask any real soft lockups.
> >+ */
> >+void kvm_clear_guest_paused(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, unsigned int length)
> >+{
> >+ if (!timer_pending(&vcpu->flag_timer))
> >+ setup_timer(&vcpu->flag_timer,
> >+ kvm_timer_clear_guest_paused,
> >+ (unsigned long)vcpu);
> >+ mod_timer(&vcpu->flag_timer,
> >+ jiffies + (length * HZ));
> >+}
> >+EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(kvm_clear_guest_paused);
> >+
> > int kvm_arch_vcpu_ioctl_set_sregs(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu,
> > struct kvm_sregs *sregs)
> > {
> >diff --git a/include/linux/kvm.h b/include/linux/kvm.h
> >index 87cab0d..bd9724c 100644
> >--- a/include/linux/kvm.h
> >+++ b/include/linux/kvm.h
> >@@ -765,6 +765,8 @@ struct kvm_clock_data {
> > #define KVM_ALLOCATE_RMA _IOR(KVMIO, 0xa9, struct kvm_allocate_rma)
> > /* VM is being stopped by host */
> > #define KVM_GUEST_PAUSED _IO(KVMIO, 0xaa)
> >+/* Start the timer to clear the paused flag */
> >+#define KVM_CLEAR_GUEST_PAUSED _IO(KVMIO, 0xab)
> >
> > #define KVM_DEV_ASSIGN_ENABLE_IOMMU (1<< 0)
> >
> >diff --git a/include/linux/kvm_host.h b/include/linux/kvm_host.h
> >index d526231..043af4d 100644
> >--- a/include/linux/kvm_host.h
> >+++ b/include/linux/kvm_host.h
> >@@ -19,6 +19,7 @@
> > #include<linux/slab.h>
> > #include<linux/rcupdate.h>
> > #include<linux/ratelimit.h>
> >+#include<linux/timer.h>
> > #include<asm/signal.h>
> >
> > #include<linux/kvm.h>
> >@@ -154,6 +155,7 @@ struct kvm_vcpu {
> > #endif
> >
> > struct kvm_vcpu_arch arch;
> >+ struct timer_list flag_timer;
> > };
> >
> > static inline int kvm_vcpu_exiting_guest_mode(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
>
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