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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kvm: make vcpu life cycle separated from kvm instance
On Sun, Dec 04, 2011 at 07:53:37PM +0800, Liu ping fan wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 3, 2011 at 2:26 AM, Jan Kiszka <jan.kiszka@siemens.com> wrote:
> > On 2011-12-02 07:26, Liu Ping Fan wrote:
> >> From: Liu Ping Fan <pingfank@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> >>
> >> Currently, vcpu can be destructed only when kvm instance destroyed.
> >> Change this to vcpu's destruction taken when its refcnt is zero,
> >> and then vcpu MUST and CAN be destroyed before kvm's destroy.
> >
> > I'm lacking the big picture yet (would be good to have in the change log
> > - at least I'm too lazy to read the code):
> >
> > What increments the refcnt, what decrements it again? IOW, how does user
> > space controls the life-cycle of a vcpu after your changes?
> >
> In local APIC mode, delivering IPI to target APIC, target's refcnt is
> incremented, and decremented when finished. At other times, using RCU to
Why is this needed?

> protect the vcpu's reference from its destruction.
>
> If kvm_vcpu is not needed by guest, user space can close the
> kvm_vcpu's file
> descriptors, and then,if the kvm_vcpu has crossed the period of local
> APCI mode's reference,it will be destroyed.
>
> Regards,
> ping fan
>
> > Thanks,
> > Jan
> >
> > --
> > Siemens AG, Corporate Technology, CT T DE IT 1
> > Corporate Competence Center Embedded Linux

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