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    SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC V6 0/11] Paravirtualized ticketlocks
    On 04/16/2012 09:36 AM, Ian Campbell wrote:
    > On Mon, 2012-04-16 at 16:44 +0100, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
    >> On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 09:37:45AM +0530, Srivatsa Vaddagiri wrote:
    >>> * Thomas Gleixner <> [2012-03-31 00:07:58]:
    >>>> I know that Peter is going to go berserk on me, but if we are running
    >>>> a paravirt guest then it's simple to provide a mechanism which allows
    >>>> the host (aka hypervisor) to check that in the guest just by looking
    >>>> at some global state.
    >>>> So if a guest exits due to an external event it's easy to inspect the
    >>>> state of that guest and avoid to schedule away when it was interrupted
    >>>> in a spinlock held section. That guest/host shared state needs to be
    >>>> modified to indicate the guest to invoke an exit when the last nested
    >>>> lock has been released.
    >>> I had attempted something like that long back:
    >>> The issue is with ticketlocks though. VCPUs could go into a spin w/o
    >>> a lock being held by anybody. Say VCPUs 1-99 try to grab a lock in
    >>> that order (on a host with one cpu). VCPU1 wins (after VCPU0 releases it)
    >>> and releases the lock. VCPU1 is next eligible to take the lock. If
    >>> that is not scheduled early enough by host, then remaining vcpus would keep
    >>> spinning (even though lock is technically not held by anybody) w/o making
    >>> forward progress.
    >>> In that situation, what we really need is for the guest to hint to host
    >>> scheduler to schedule VCPU1 early (via yield_to or something similar).
    >>> The current pv-spinlock patches however does not track which vcpu is
    >>> spinning at what head of the ticketlock. I suppose we can consider
    >>> that optimization in future and see how much benefit it provides (over
    >>> plain yield/sleep the way its done now).
    >> Right. I think Jeremy played around with this some time?
    > 5/11 "xen/pvticketlock: Xen implementation for PV ticket locks" tracks
    > which vcpus are waiting for a lock in "cpumask_t waiting_cpus" and
    > tracks which lock each is waiting for in per-cpu "lock_waiting". This is
    > used in xen_unlock_kick to kick the right CPU. There's a loop over only
    > the waiting cpus to figure out who to kick.

    Yes, and AFAIK the KVM pv-ticketlock patches do the same thing. If a
    (V)CPU is asleep, then sending it a kick is pretty much equivalent to a
    yield to (not precisely, but it should get scheduled soon enough, and it
    won't be competing with a pile of VCPUs with no useful work to do).


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