Re: [PATCH v5 2/4] KVM: X86: Add paravirt remote TLB flush

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 - 04:08:13 EST

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 04:51:39PM +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> 2017-11-16 16:38 GMT+08:00 Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> > On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 01:30:57PM +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> >> -static DEFINE_PER_CPU(cpumask_var_t, __pv_tlb_mask);
> >> +static DEFINE_PER_CPU(cpumask_t, __pv_tlb_mask);
> >
> > NR_CPUS=512 is a fairly common distro setting, that means cpumask_t is
> > 64 bytes. So for my 144 CPU system, that is 9216 bytes I'll never see
> > again.
> >
> > Not nice :/
> Refer to "DECLARE_PER_CPU_SHARED_ALIGNED(cpumask_t, cpu_sibling_map)"
> in arch/ia64/include/asm/smp.h, it also defines variable directly,
> however, some other archs are not. kvmclock_init() is also called very
> early during boot, it utilizes memblock to alloc some memory.

So the difference is that the sibling map is guaranteed to be used.

This map of yours is only ever used if you run a paravirt kernel on a
new enough host to advertise the capability etc.

As said on IRC; I'm forever lost in the whole init / paravirt setup
maze, but can't you simply do things later when the allocators work?
ISTR we don't in fact run the alternative stuff _that_ early anyway.