Re: [PATCH V3 0/3] KVM/Hyper-V: Add Hyper-V direct tlb flush support
From: Vitaly Kuznetsov
Date: Tue Aug 27 2019 - 09:30:02 EST
Tianyu Lan <lantianyu1986@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
> On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 8:38 PM Vitaly Kuznetsov <vkuznets@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Tianyu Lan <lantianyu1986@xxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> > On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 2:41 PM Vitaly Kuznetsov <vkuznets@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> lantianyu1986@xxxxxxxxx writes:
>> >> > From: Tianyu Lan <Tianyu.Lan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> >> >
>> >> > This patchset is to add Hyper-V direct tlb support in KVM. Hyper-V
>> >> > in L0 can delegate L1 hypervisor to handle tlb flush request from
>> >> > L2 guest when direct tlb flush is enabled in L1.
>> >> >
>> >> > Patch 2 introduces new cap KVM_CAP_HYPERV_DIRECT_TLBFLUSH to enable
>> >> > feature from user space. User space should enable this feature only
>> >> > when Hyper-V hypervisor capability is exposed to guest and KVM profile
>> >> > is hided. There is a parameter conflict between KVM and Hyper-V hypercall.
>> >> > We hope L2 guest doesn't use KVM hypercall when the feature is
>> >> > enabled. Detail please see comment of new API
>> >> > "KVM_CAP_HYPERV_DIRECT_TLBFLUSH"
>> >> I was thinking about this for awhile and I think I have a better
>> >> proposal. Instead of adding this new capability let's enable direct TLB
>> >> flush when KVM guest enables Hyper-V Hypercall page (writes to
>> >> HV_X64_MSR_HYPERCALL) - this guarantees that the guest doesn't need KVM
>> >> hypercalls as we can't handle both KVM-style and Hyper-V-style
>> >> hypercalls simultaneously and kvm_emulate_hypercall() does:
>> >> if (kvm_hv_hypercall_enabled(vcpu->kvm))
>> >> return kvm_hv_hypercall(vcpu);
>> >> What do you think?
>> >> (and instead of adding the capability we can add kvm.ko module parameter
>> >> to enable direct tlb flush unconditionally, like
>> >> 'hv_direct_tlbflush=-1/0/1' with '-1' being the default (autoselect
>> >> based on Hyper-V hypercall enablement, '0' - permanently disabled, '1' -
>> >> permanenetly enabled)).
>> > Hi Vitaly::
>> > Actually, I had such idea before. But user space should check
>> > whether hv tlb flush
>> > is exposed to VM before enabling direct tlb flush. If no, user space
>> > should not direct
>> > tlb flush for guest since Hyper-V will do more check for each
>> > hypercall from nested
>> > VM with enabling the feauter..
>> If TLB Flush enlightenment is not exposed to the VM at all there's no
>> difference if we enable direct TLB flush in eVMCS or not: the guest
>> won't be using 'TLB Flush' hypercall and will do TLB flushing with
>> IPIs. And, in case the guest enables Hyper-V hypercall page, it is
>> definitelly not going to use KVM hypercalls so we can't break these.
> Yes, this won't tigger KVM/Hyper-V hypercall conflict. My point is
> that if tlb flush enlightenment is not enabled, enabling direct tlb
> flush will not accelate anything and Hyper-V still will check each
> hypercalls from nested VM in order to intercpt tlb flush hypercall
> But guest won't use tlb flush hypercall in this case. The check
> of each hypercall in Hyper-V is redundant. We may avoid the
> overhead via checking status of tlb flush enlightenment and just
> enable direct tlb flush when it's enabled.
Oh, I see. Yes, this optimization is possible and I'm not against it,
however I doubt it will make a significant difference because no matter
what upon VMCALL we first drop into L0 which can either inject this in
L1 or, in case of direct TLB flush, execute it by itself. Checking if
the hypercall is a TLB flush hypercall is just a register read, it
should be very cheap.