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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 3/4] kvm: Add guest side support for free memory hints
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> On Feb 4, 2019, at 4:16 PM, Alexander Duyck <alexander.duyck@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, Feb 4, 2019 at 4:03 PM Nadav Amit <nadav.amit@gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Feb 4, 2019, at 3:37 PM, Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>>>
>>> On Mon, 2019-02-04 at 15:00 -0800, Nadav Amit wrote:
>>>>> On Feb 4, 2019, at 10:15 AM, Alexander Duyck <alexander.duyck@gmail.com> 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. 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.
>>>>>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Alexander Duyck <alexander.h.duyck@linux.intel.com>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> arch/x86/include/asm/page.h | 13 +++++++++++++
>>>>> arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c | 23 +++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>>> 2 files changed, 36 insertions(+)
>>>>>
>>>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/asm/page.h b/arch/x86/include/asm/page.h
>>>>> index 7555b48803a8..4487ad7a3385 100644
>>>>> --- a/arch/x86/include/asm/page.h
>>>>> +++ b/arch/x86/include/asm/page.h
>>>>> @@ -18,6 +18,19 @@
>>>>>
>>>>> struct page;
>>>>>
>>>>> +#ifdef CONFIG_KVM_GUEST
>>>>> +#include <linux/jump_label.h>
>>>>> +extern struct static_key_false pv_free_page_hint_enabled;
>>>>> +
>>>>> +#define HAVE_ARCH_FREE_PAGE
>>>>> +void __arch_free_page(struct page *page, unsigned int order);
>>>>> +static inline void arch_free_page(struct page *page, unsigned int order)
>>>>> +{
>>>>> + if (static_branch_unlikely(&pv_free_page_hint_enabled))
>>>>> + __arch_free_page(page, order);
>>>>> +}
>>>>> +#endif
>>>>
>>>> This patch and the following one assume that only KVM should be able to hook
>>>> to these events. I do not think it is appropriate for __arch_free_page() to
>>>> effectively mean “kvm_guest_free_page()”.
>>>>
>>>> Is it possible to use the paravirt infrastructure for this feature,
>>>> similarly to other PV features? It is not the best infrastructure, but at least
>>>> it is hypervisor-neutral.
>>>
>>> I could probably tie this into the paravirt infrastructure, but if I
>>> did so I would probably want to pull the checks for the page order out
>>> of the KVM specific bits and make it something we handle in the inline.
>>> Doing that I would probably make it a paravirtual hint that only
>>> operates at the PMD level. That way we wouldn't incur the cost of the
>>> paravirt infrastructure at the per 4K page level.
>>
>> If I understand you correctly, you “complain” that this would affect
>> performance.
>
> It wasn't so much a "complaint" as an "observation". What I was
> getting at is that if I am going to make it a PV operation I might set
> a hard limit on it so that it will specifically only apply to huge
> pages and larger. By doing that I can justify performing the screening
> based on page order in the inline path and avoid any PV infrastructure
> overhead unless I have to incur it.

I understood. I guess my use of “double quotes” was lost in translation. ;-)

One more point regarding [2/4] - you may want to consider using madvise_free
instead of madvise_dontneed to avoid unnecessary EPT violations.

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