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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/4] kvm: Add guest side support for free memory hints
On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 01:00:53PM -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> On Mon, 2019-02-11 at 14:54 -0500, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 10:10:06AM -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2019-02-11 at 12:36 -0500, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > > On Mon, Feb 11, 2019 at 08:31:34AM -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > > > > On Sat, 2019-02-09 at 19:49 -0500, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > > > > On Mon, Feb 04, 2019 at 10:15:52AM -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > > > > > > From: Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@linux.intel.com>
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > Add guest support for providing free memory hints to the KVM hypervisor for
> > > > > > > freed pages huge TLB size or larger. I am restricting the size to
> > > > > > > huge TLB order and larger because the hypercalls are too expensive to be
> > > > > > > performing one per 4K page.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Even 2M pages start to get expensive with a TB guest.
> > > > >
> > > > > Agreed.
> > > > >
> > > > > > Really it seems we want a virtio ring so we can pass a batch of these.
> > > > > > E.g. 256 entries, 2M each - that's more like it.
> > > > >
> > > > > The only issue I see with doing that is that we then have to defer the
> > > > > freeing. Doing that is going to introduce issues in the guest as we are
> > > > > going to have pages going unused for some period of time while we wait
> > > > > for the hint to complete, and we cannot just pull said pages back. I'm
> > > > > not really a fan of the asynchronous nature of Nitesh's patches for
> > > > > this reason.
> > > >
> > > > Well nothing prevents us from doing an extra exit to the hypervisor if
> > > > we want. The asynchronous nature is there as an optimization
> > > > to allow hypervisor to do its thing on a separate CPU.
> > > > Why not proceed doing other things meanwhile?
> > > > And if the reason is that we are short on memory, then
> > > > maybe we should be less aggressive in hinting?
> > > >
> > > > E.g. if we just have 2 pages:
> > > >
> > > > hint page 1
> > > > page 1 hint processed?
> > > > yes - proceed to page 2
> > > > no - wait for interrupt
> > > >
> > > > get interrupt that page 1 hint is processed
> > > > hint page 2
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > If hypervisor happens to be running on same CPU it
> > > > can process things synchronously and we never enter
> > > > the no branch.
> > > >
> > >
> > > Another concern I would have about processing this asynchronously is
> > > that we have the potential for multiple guest CPUs to become
> > > bottlenecked by a single host CPU. I am not sure if that is something
> > > that would be desirable.
> >
> > Well with a hypercall per page the fix is to block VCPU
> > completely which is also not for everyone.
> >
> > If you can't push a free page hint to host, then
> > ideally you just won't. That's a nice property of
> > hinting we have upstream right now.
> > Host too busy - hinting is just skipped.
>
> Right, but if you do that then there is a potential to end up missing
> hints for a large portion of memory. It seems like you would end up
> with even bigger issues since then at that point you have essentially
> leaked memory.
> I would think you would need a way to resync the host and the guest
> after something like that. Otherwise you can have memory that will just
> go unused for an extended period if a guest just goes idle.

Yes and that is my point. Existing hints code will just take a page off
the free list in that case so it resyncs using the free list.

Something like this could work then: mark up
hinted pages with a flag (its easy to find unused
flags for free pages) then when you get an interrupt
because outstanding hints have been consumed,
get unflagged/unhinted pages from buddy and pass
them to host.


>
> > > > > > > Using the huge TLB order became the obvious
> > > > > > > choice for the order to use as it allows us to avoid fragmentation of higher
> > > > > > > order memory on the host.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > I have limited the functionality so that it doesn't work when page
> > > > > > > poisoning is enabled. I did this because a write to the page after doing an
> > > > > > > MADV_DONTNEED would effectively negate the hint, so it would be wasting
> > > > > > > cycles to do so.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Again that's leaking host implementation detail into guest interface.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > We are giving guest page hints to host that makes sense,
> > > > > > weird interactions with other features due to host
> > > > > > implementation details should be handled by host.
> > > > >
> > > > > I don't view this as a host implementation detail, this is guest
> > > > > feature making use of all pages for debugging. If we are placing poison
> > > > > values in the page then I wouldn't consider them an unused page, it is
> > > > > being actively used to store the poison value.
> > > >
> > > > Well I guess it's a valid point of view for a kernel hacker, but they are
> > > > unused from application's point of view.
> > > > However poisoning is transparent to users and most distro users
> > > > are not aware of it going on. They just know that debug kernels
> > > > are slower.
> > > > User loading a debug kernel and immediately breaking overcommit
> > > > is an unpleasant experience.
> > >
> > > How would that be any different then a user loading an older kernel
> > > that doesn't have this feature and breaking overcommit as a result?
> >
> > Well old kernel does not have the feature so nothing to debug.
> > When we have a new feature that goes away in the debug kernel,
> > that's a big support problem since this leads to heisenbugs.
>
> Trying to debug host features from the guest would be a pain anyway as
> a guest shouldn't even really know what the underlying setup of the
> guest is supposed to be.

I'm talking about debugging the guest though.

> > > I still think it would be better if we left the poisoning enabled in
> > > such a case and just displayed a warning message if nothing else that
> > > hinting is disabled because of page poisoning.
> > >
> > > One other thought I had on this is that one side effect of page
> > > poisoning is probably that KSM would be able to merge all of the poison
> > > pages together into a single page since they are all set to the same
> > > values. So even with the poisoned pages it would be possible to reduce
> > > total memory overhead.
> >
> > Right. And BTW one thing that host can do is pass
> > the hinted area to KSM for merging.
> > That requires an alloc hook to free it though.
> >
> > Or we could add a per-VMA byte with the poison
> > value and use that on host to populate pages on fault.
> >
> >
> > > > > If we can achieve this
> > > > > and free the page back to the host then even better, but until the
> > > > > features can coexist we should not use the page hinting while page
> > > > > poisoning is enabled.
> > > >
> > > > Existing hinting in balloon allows them to coexist so I think we
> > > > need to set the bar just as high for any new variant.
> > >
> > > That is what I heard. I will have to look into this.
> >
> > It's not doing anything smart right now, just checks
> > that poison == 0 and skips freeing if not.
> > But it can be enhanced transparently to guests.
>
> Okay, so it probably should be extended to add something like poison
> page that could replace the zero page for reads to a page that has been
> unmapped.
>
> > > > > This is one of the reasons why I was opposed to just disabling page
> > > > > poisoning when this feature was enabled in Nitesh's patches. If the
> > > > > guest has page poisoning enabled it is doing something with the page.
> > > > > It shouldn't be prevented from doing that because the host wants to
> > > > > have the option to free the pages.
> > > >
> > > > I agree but I think the decision belongs on the host. I.e.
> > > > hint the page but tell the host it needs to be careful
> > > > about the poison value. It might also mean we
> > > > need to make sure poisoning happens after the hinting, not before.
> > >
> > > The only issue with poisoning after instead of before is that the hint
> > > is ignored and we end up triggering a page fault and zero as a result.
> > > It might make more sense to have an architecture specific call that can
> > > be paravirtualized to handle the case of poisoning the page for us if
> > > we have the unused page hint enabled. Otherwise the write to the page
> > > is a given to invalidate the hint.
> >
> > Sounds interesting. So the arch hook will first poison and
> > then pass the page to the host?
> >
> > Or we can also ask the host to poison for us, problem is this forces
> > host to either always write into page, or call MADV_DONTNEED,
> > without it could do MADV_FREE. Maybe that is not a big issue.
>
> I would think we would ask the host to poison for us. If I am not
> mistaken both solutions right now are using MADV_DONTNEED. I would tend
> to lean that way if we are doing page poisoning since the cost for
> zeroing/poisoning the page on the host could be canceled out by
> dropping the page poisoning on the guest.
>
> Then again since we are doing higher order pages only, and the
> poisoning is supposed to happen before we get into __free_one_page we
> would probably have to do both the poisoning, and the poison on fault.


Oh that's a nice trick. So in fact if we just make sure
we never report PAGE_SIZE pages then poisoning will
automatically happen before reporting?
So we just need to teach host to poison on fault.
Sounds cool and we can always optimize further later.

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MST

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