Re: [PATCH 2/2] powerpc/kvm: Limit MAX_VCPUS for guests running on RT Linux

From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
Date: Wed Feb 18 2015 - 04:36:59 EST

On 02/18/2015 10:32 AM, Bogdan Purcareata wrote:
> Due to the introduction of the raw_spinlock for the KVM openpic, guests with a
> high number of VCPUs may induce great latencies on the underlying RT Linux
> system (e.g. cyclictest reports latencies of ~15ms for guests with 24 VCPUs).
> This can be further aggravated by sending a lot of external interrupts to the
> guest.
> A malicious app can abuse this scenario, causing a DoS of the host Linux.
> Until the KVM openpic code is refactored to use finer lock granularity, impose
> a limitation on the number of VCPUs a guest can have when running on a
> PREEMPT_RT_FULL system with KVM_MPIC emulation.

How is this possible? You take the raw lock, write a register, release
the raw lock. How can the guest lockup the host? Is this write blocking
in guest?

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