Re: [PATCH 0/2] powerpc/kvm: Enable running guests on RT Linux

From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
Date: Fri Feb 20 2015 - 10:17:11 EST

On 02/20/2015 04:10 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 20/02/2015 16:06, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior wrote:
>> On 02/20/2015 03:57 PM, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>>> Yes, but large latencies just mean the code has to be rewritten (x86
>>> doesn't anymore do event injection in an atomic regions for example).
>>> Until it is, using raw_spin_lock is correct.
>> It does not sound like it. It sounds more like disabling interrupts to
>> get things run faster and then limit it on a different corner to not
>> blow up everything.
> "This patchset enables running KVM SMP guests with external interrupts
> on an underlying RT-enabled Linux. Previous to this patch, a guest with
> in-kernel MPIC emulation could easily panic the kernel due to preemption
> when delivering IPIs and external interrupts, because of the openpic
> spinlock becoming a sleeping mutex on PREEMPT_RT_FULL Linux".
>> Max latencies was decreased "Max latency (us) 70 62" and that
>> is why this is done? For 8 us and possible DoS in case there are too
>> many cpus?
> My understanding is that:
> 1) netperf can get you a BUG KVM, and raw_spinlock fixes that

May I please see a backtrace with context tracking which states where
the interrupts / preemption gets disabled and where the lock was taken?

I'm not totally against this patch I just want to make sure this is not
a blind raw conversation to shup up the warning the kernel throws.

> 2) cyclictest did not trigger the BUG, and you can also get reduced
> latency from using raw_spinlock.
> I think we agree that (2) is not a factor in accepting the patch.
good :)

> Paolo
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