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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 2/2] kvm: introduce KVM_MAX_VCPU_ID
2016-05-03 06:52+0200, Greg Kurz:
> The KVM_MAX_VCPUS define provides the maximum number of vCPUs per guest, and
> also the upper limit for vCPU ids. This is okay for all archs except PowerPC
> which can have higher ids, depending on the cpu/core/thread topology. In the
> worst case (single threaded guest, host with 8 threads per core), it limits
> the maximum number of vCPUS to KVM_MAX_VCPUS / 8.
> This patch separates the vCPU numbering from the total number of vCPUs, with
> the introduction of KVM_MAX_VCPU_ID, as the maximal valid value for vCPU ids
> plus one.
> The corresponding KVM_CAP_MAX_VCPU_ID allows userspace to validate vCPU ids
> before passing them to KVM_CREATE_VCPU.
> Only PowerPC gets unlimited vCPU ids for the moment. This patch doesn't
> change anything for other archs.
> Suggested-by: Radim Krcmar <>
> Signed-off-by: Greg Kurz <>
> ---
> diff --git a/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c b/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
> @@ -2272,7 +2272,7 @@ static int kvm_vm_ioctl_create_vcpu(struct kvm *kvm, u32 id)
> int r;
> struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu;
> - if (id >= KVM_MAX_VCPUS)
> + if (id >= KVM_MAX_VCPU_ID)
> return -EINVAL;

book3s_hv will currently fail with vcpu_id above threads_per_subcore *
KVM_MAX_VCORES, so userspace cannot use KVM_CAP_MAX_VCPU_ID to limit
vcpu_id ... I thought the check for vcpu_id would move to arch-specific
code, like the previous version did, to simplify implementation of a
dynamic limit.

The dynamic limit was too complicated to be worth it?
(This version is ok too.)

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