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Subject[PATCH RFC V2 0/2] kvm: Improving directed yield in PLE handler

Currently Pause Looop Exit (PLE) handler is doing directed yield to a
random VCPU on PL exit. Though we already have filtering while choosing
the candidate to yield_to, we can do better.

Problem is, for large vcpu guests, we have more probability of yielding
to a bad vcpu. We are not able to prevent directed yield to same guy who
has done PL exit recently, who perhaps spins again and wastes CPU.

Fix that by keeping track of who has done PL exit. So The Algorithm in series
give chance to a VCPU which has:

(a) Not done PLE exit at all (probably he is preempted lock-holder)

(b) VCPU skipped in last iteration because it did PL exit, and probably
has become eligible now (next eligible lock holder)

Future enhancemnets:
(1) Currently we have a boolean to decide on eligibility of vcpu. It
would be nice if I get feedback on guest (>32 vcpu) whether we can
improve better with integer counter. (with counter = say f(log n )).

(2) We have not considered system load during iteration of vcpu. With
that information we can limit the scan and also decide whether schedule()
is better. [ I am able to use #kicked vcpus to decide on this But may
be there are better ideas like information from global loadavg.]

(3) We can exploit this further with PV patches since it also knows about
next eligible lock-holder.

Changes since V1:
- Add more documentation for structure and algorithm and Rename
plo ==> ple (Rik).
- change dy_eligible initial value to false. (otherwise very first directed
yield will not be skipped. (Nikunj)
- fixup signoff/from issue

Summary: There is a very good improvement for moderate / no overcommit scenario
for kvm based guest on PLE machine (which is difficult ;) ).

kernbench sysbench ebizzy
1x 28 % -0.04 % 105 %
2x 7 % 0.83 % 26 %

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Link for V1: (It also has result)
https://lkml.org/lkml/2012/7/9/32

Raghavendra K T (2):
kvm vcpu: Note down pause loop exit
kvm PLE handler: Choose better candidate for directed yield

arch/s390/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 5 +++++
arch/x86/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 13 ++++++++++++-
arch/x86/kvm/svm.c | 1 +
arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c | 1 +
arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 34 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
virt/kvm/kvm_main.c | 3 +++
6 files changed, 55 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)



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