On 03/28/2012 08:21 PM, Raghavendra K T wrote:
Looks like a good baseline on which to build the KVM
might need some handshake to prevent interference on the host
the PLE code.
I think I still missed some point in Avi's comment. I agree that PLE
may be interfering with above patches (resulting in less performance
advantages). but we have not seen performance degradation with the
patches in earlier benchmarks. [ theoretically since patch has very
slight advantage over PLE that atleast it knows who should run next ].
The advantage grows with the vcpu counts and overcommit ratio. If you
have N vcpus and M:1 overcommit, PLE has to guess from N/M queued vcpus
while your patch knows who to wake up.
So TODO in my list on this is:
1. More analysis of performance on PLE mc.
2. Seeing how to implement handshake to increase performance (if PLE +
patch combination have slight negative effect).
I can think of two options:
- from the PLE handler, don't wake up a vcpu that is sleeping because it
is waiting for a kick
- look at other sources of pause loops (I guess smp_call_function() is
the significant source) and adjust them to use the same mechanism, and
ask the host to disable PLE exiting.
This can be done incrementally later.