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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 1/4] KVM: X86: Add vCPU running/preempted state
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On 13/12/2017 12:45, David Hildenbrand wrote:
> On 13.12.2017 12:38, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>> 2017-12-13 18:20 GMT+08:00 David Hildenbrand <david@redhat.com>:
>>> On 13.12.2017 02:33, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>>>> From: Wanpeng Li <wanpeng.li@hotmail.com>
>>>>
>>>> This patch reuses the preempted field in kvm_steal_time, and will export
>>>> the vcpu running/pre-empted information to the guest from host. This will
>>>> enable guest to intelligently send ipi to running vcpus and set flag for
>>>> pre-empted vcpus. This will prevent waiting for vcpus that are not running.
>>>>
>>>> Cc: Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@redhat.com>
>>>> Cc: Radim Krčmář <rkrcmar@redhat.com>
>>>> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
>>>> Signed-off-by: Wanpeng Li <wanpeng.li@hotmail.com>
>>>> ---
>>>> arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h | 3 +++
>>>> arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c | 2 +-
>>>> arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 4 ++--
>>>> 3 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>>>>
>>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
>>>> index 09cc064..763b692 100644
>>>> --- a/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
>>>> +++ b/arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/kvm_para.h
>>>> @@ -51,6 +51,9 @@ struct kvm_steal_time {
>>>> __u32 pad[11];
>>>> };
>>>>
>>>> +#define KVM_VCPU_NOT_PREEMPTED (0 << 0)
>>>> +#define KVM_VCPU_PREEMPTED (1 << 0)
>>>
>>> Is it really helpful to have two flags?
>>>
>>> Just use KVM_VCPU_PREEMPTED and clear that one in record_steal_time()
>>
>> I think it is fine since there is a third flag introduced in patch
>> 2/4, it is more clear currently.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Wanpeng Li
>>
>
> Having two flags representing the same thing is not clear to me.

I agree that KVM_VCPU_NOT_PREEMPTED is not particularly necessary, but
it is not correct to clear KVM_VCPU_PREEMPTED; instead, the entire field
must be cleared to zero.

Also, this patch is not justified very well by the commit message. A
better wording would be:

The next patch will add another bit to the preempted field in
kvm_steal_time. Define a constant for bit 0 (the only one that is
currently used).

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