Re: [PATCH] x86/xen: Add "xen_timer_slop" command line option

From: Dario Faggioli
Date: Fri Mar 22 2019 - 22:59:12 EST

On Fri, 2019-03-22 at 18:10 -0400, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
> On 3/22/19 2:29 PM, thibodux@xxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > From: Ryan Thibodeaux <ryan.thibodeaux@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > The original timer slop value has not changed since the
> > introduction
> > of the Xen-aware Linux kernel code. This commit provides users an
> > opportunity to tune timer performance given the refinements to
> > hardware and the Xen event channel processing. It also mirrors
> > a feature in the Xen hypervisor - the "timer_slop" Xen command line
> > option.
> Is there any data that shows effects of using this new parameter?
Yes, I've done some research and experiments on this. I did it together
with a friend, which I'm Cc-ing, as I'm not sure we're ready/capable to
share the results, yet (Luca?).

What I think I can anticipate is that having such a high value for
timer slop in the kernel, for the Xen clockevent device is (together
with the also quite high default value of timer_slop in Xen itself)
responsible for really high vcpu wakeup latencies.

Lowering those two values, reduces such latencies dramatically.

<<This happens because I choose it to happen!>> (Raistlin Majere)
Dario Faggioli, Ph.D,
Software Engineer @ SUSE

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