[PATCH 0/6 V2] Avoid soft lockup message when KVM is stopped by host

From: Eric B Munson
Date: Mon Oct 31 2011 - 16:08:40 EST

Changes from V1:
(Thanks Marcelo)
Host code has all been moved to arch/x86/kvm/x86.c

When a guest kernel is stopped by the host hypervisor it can look like a soft
lockup to the guest kernel. This false warning can mask later soft lockup
warnings which may be real. This patch series adds a method for a host
hypervisor to communicate to a guest kernel that it is being stopped. The
final patch in the series has the watchdog check this flag when it goes to
issue a soft lockup warning and skip the warning if the guest knows it was

It was attempted to solve this in Qemu, but the side effects of saving and
restoring the clock and tsc for each vcpu put the wall clock of the guest behind
by the amount of time of the pause. This forces a guest to have ntp running
in order to keep the wall clock accurate.

Eric B Munson (6):
Add flag to indicate that a vm was stopped by the host
Add functions to check if the host has stopped the vm
Add generic stubs for kvm stop check functions
Add check for suspended vm in softlockup detector
Add age out of guest paused flag

arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock-abi.h | 1 +
arch/x86/include/asm/pvclock.h | 7 +++++
arch/x86/kernel/kvmclock.c | 19 ++++++++++++++
arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 48 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
include/asm-generic/pvclock.h | 19 ++++++++++++++
include/linux/kvm.h | 4 +++
include/linux/kvm_host.h | 2 +
kernel/watchdog.c | 9 ++++++
8 files changed, 109 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 include/asm-generic/pvclock.h


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