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SubjectRe: [RFC][Patch v8 0/7] KVM: Guest Free Page Hinting
On Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 03:47:22PM -0800, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > > So far with my patch set that hints at the PMD level w/ THP enabled I
> > > am not really seeing that much overhead for the hypercalls. The bigger
> > > piece that is eating up CPU time is all the page faults and page
> > > zeroing that is going on as we are cycling the memory in and out of
> > > the guest. Some of that could probably be resolved by using MADV_FREE,
> > > but if we are under actual memory pressure I suspect it would behave
> > > similar to MADV_DONTNEED.
> > >
> >
> > MADV_FREE is certainly the better thing to do for hinting in my opinion.
> > It should result in even less overhead. Thanks for the comment about the
> > hypercall overhead.
>
> Yeah, no problem. The only thing I don't like about MADV_FREE is that
> you have to have memory pressure before the pages really start getting
> scrubbed with is both a benefit and a drawback. Basically it defers
> the freeing until you are under actual memory pressure so when you hit
> that case things start feeling much slower, that and it limits your
> allocations since the kernel doesn't recognize the pages as free until
> it would have to start trying to push memory to swap.

For sure if someone *wants* to spend cycles freeing memory,
we could add a system call that does exactly that. There's
no reason to force that on the same CPU while VCPU
is stopped though.

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