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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] x86,kvm: move qemu/guest FPU switching out to vcpu_run
2017-11-15 11:03 GMT+08:00 Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>:
> On Wed, 2017-11-15 at 08:47 +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>> 2017-11-15 5:54 GMT+08:00 <riel@redhat.com>:
>> > From: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>
>> >
>> > Currently, every time a VCPU is scheduled out, the host kernel will
>> > first save the guest FPU/xstate context, then load the qemu
>> > userspace
>> > FPU context, only to then immediately save the qemu userspace FPU
>> > context back to memory. When scheduling in a VCPU, the same
>> > extraneous
>> > FPU loads and saves are done.
>> >
>> > This could be avoided by moving from a model where the guest FPU is
>> > loaded and stored with preemption disabled, to a model where the
>> > qemu userspace FPU is swapped out for the guest FPU context for
>> > the duration of the KVM_RUN ioctl.
>>
>> What will happen if CONFIG_PREEMPT is enabled?
>
> The scheduler will save the guest FPU context when a
> VCPU thread is preempted, and restore it when it is
> scheduled back in.

I mean all the involved processes will use fpu. Before patch if kernel
preempt occur:

context_switch
-> prepare_task_switch
-> fire_sched_out_preempt_notifiers
-> kvm_sched_out
-> kvm_arch_vcpu_put
-> kvm_put_guest_fpu
-> copy_fpregs_to_fpstate(&vcpu->arch.guest_fpu)
save xsave area to guest fpu buffer
-> __kernel_fpu_end
->
copy_kernel_to_fpregs(&current->thread.fpu.state)
restore prev vCPU qemu
userspace FPU to the xsave area
-> switch_to
-> __switch_to
-> switch_fpu_prepare
-> copy_fpregs_to_fpstate => save xsave area to prev
vCPU qemu userspace FPU
-> switch_fpu_finish
-> copy_kernel_to_fpgregs => restore next task FPU
to xsave area


After the patch:

context_switch
-> prepare_task_switch
-> fire_sched_out_preempt_notifiers
-> kvm_sched_out

-> switch_to
-> __switch_to
-> switch_fpu_prepare
-> copy_fpregs_to_fpstate => Oops
save xsave area to prev vCPU qemu userspace FPU,
actually the guest FPU buffer is loaded in xsave area, you transmit
guest FPU in xsave area into the prev vCPU qemu userspace FPU

Regards,
Wanpeng Li

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