lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2014]   [Apr]   [8]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: [Xen-devel] [XEN PATCH 1/2] hvm: Support more than 32 VCPUS when migrating.
On Tue, Apr 08, 2014 at 08:18:48PM +0200, Roger Pau Monné wrote:
> On 08/04/14 19:25, konrad@kernel.org wrote:
> > From: Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk <konrad.wilk@oracle.com>
> >
> > When we migrate an HVM guest, by default our shared_info can
> > only hold up to 32 CPUs. As such the hypercall
> > VCPUOP_register_vcpu_info was introduced which allowed us to
> > setup per-page areas for VCPUs. This means we can boot PVHVM
> > guest with more than 32 VCPUs. During migration the per-cpu
> > structure is allocated fresh by the hypervisor (vcpu_info_mfn
> > is set to INVALID_MFN) so that the newly migrated guest
> > can do make the VCPUOP_register_vcpu_info hypercall.
> >
> > Unfortunatly we end up triggering this condition:
> > /* Run this command on yourself or on other offline VCPUS. */
> > if ( (v != current) && !test_bit(_VPF_down, &v->pause_flags) )
> >
> > which means we are unable to setup the per-cpu VCPU structures
> > for running vCPUS. The Linux PV code paths make this work by
> > iterating over every vCPU with:
> >
> > 1) is target CPU up (VCPUOP_is_up hypercall?)
> > 2) if yes, then VCPUOP_down to pause it.
> > 3) VCPUOP_register_vcpu_info
> > 4) if it was down, then VCPUOP_up to bring it back up
> >
> > But since VCPUOP_down, VCPUOP_is_up, and VCPUOP_up are
> > not allowed on HVM guests we can't do this. This patch
> > enables this.
>
> Hmmm, this looks like a very convoluted approach to something that could
> be solved more easily IMHO. What we do on FreeBSD is put all vCPUs into
> suspension, which means that all vCPUs except vCPU#0 will be in the
> cpususpend_handler, see:
>
> http://svnweb.freebsd.org/base/head/sys/amd64/amd64/mp_machdep.c?revision=263878&view=markup#l1460

How do you 'suspend' them? If I remember there is a disadvantage of doing
this as you have to bring all the CPUs "offline". That in Linux means using
the stop_machine which is pretty big hammer and increases the latency for migration.

>
> Then on resume we unblock the "suspended" CPUs, and the first thing they
> do is call cpu_ops.cpu_resume which is basically going to setup the
> vcpu_info using VCPUOP_register_vcpu_info. Not sure if something similar
> is possible under Linux, but it seems easier and doesn't require any
> Xen-side changes.
>
> Roger.
>
>
> _______________________________________________
> Xen-devel mailing list
> Xen-devel@lists.xen.org
> http://lists.xen.org/xen-devel
--
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2014-04-08 21:21    [W:0.148 / U:1.576 seconds]
©2003-2018 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site