Re: [PATCH] kvm: handle last_boosted_vcpu = 0 case

From: Andrew Theurer
Date: Thu Jul 05 2012 - 10:47:44 EST

On Mon, 2012-07-02 at 10:49 -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On 06/28/2012 06:55 PM, Vinod, Chegu wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I am just catching up on this email thread...
> >
> > Perhaps one of you may be able to help answer this query.. preferably along with some data. [BTW, I do understand the basic intent behind PLE in a typical [sweet spot] use case where there is over subscription etc. and the need to optimize the PLE handler in the host etc. ]
> >
> > In a use case where the host has fewer but much larger guests (say 40VCPUs and higher) and there is no over subscription (i.e. # of vcpus across guests<= physical cpus in the host and perhaps each guest has their vcpu's pinned to specific physical cpus for other reasons), I would like to understand if/how the PLE really helps ? For these use cases would it be ok to turn PLE off (ple_gap=0) since is no real need to take an exit and find some other VCPU to yield to ?
> Yes, that should be ok.
> On a related note, I wonder if we should increase the ple_gap
> significantly.
> After all, 4096 cycles of spinning is not that much, when you
> consider how much time is spent doing the subsequent vmexit,
> scanning the other VCPU's status (200 cycles per cache miss),
> deciding what to do, maybe poking another CPU, and eventually
> a vmenter.
> A factor 4 increase in ple_gap might be what it takes to
> get the amount of time spent spinning equal to the amount of
> time spent on the host side doing KVM stuff...

I was recently thinking the same thing as I have observed over 180,000
exits/sec from a 40-way VM on a 80-way host, where there should be no
cpu overcommit. Also, the number of directed yields for this was only
1800/sec, so we have a 1% usefulness for our exits. I am wondering if
the ple_window should be similar to the host scheduler task switching
granularity, and not what we think a typical max cycles should be for
holding a lock.

BTW, I have a patch to add a couple PLE stats to kvmstat which I will
send out shortly.


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