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Subject[PATCH RFC 0/2] KVM: use RCU to allow dynamic kvm->vcpus array
The goal is to increase KVM_MAX_VCPUS without worrying about memory
impact of many small guests.

This is a second out of three major "dynamic" options:
1) size vcpu array at VM creation time
2) resize vcpu array when new VCPUs are created
3) use a lockless list/tree for VCPUs

The disadvantage of (1) is its requirement on userspace changes and
limited flexibility because userspace must provide the maximal count on
start. The main advantage is that kvm->vcpus will work like it does
now. It has been posted as "[PATCH 0/4] KVM: add KVM_CREATE_VM2 to
allow dynamic kvm->vcpus array",

The main problem of (2), this series, is that we cannot extend the array
in place and therefore require some kind of protection when moving it.
RCU seems best, but it makes the code slower and harder to deal with.
The main advantage is that we do not need userspace changes.

The third option wasn't explored yet. It would solve the ugly
kvm_for_each_vcpu() of (2), but kvm_get_vcpu() would become linear.
(We could mitigate it by having list of vcpu arrays and A lockless
sequentially growing "tree" would be logarithmic and not that much more
complicated to implement.)

Which option do you think is the best?


Radim Krčmář (2):
KVM: remove unused __KVM_HAVE_ARCH_VM_ALLOC
KVM: RCU protected dynamic vcpus array

arch/mips/kvm/mips.c | 8 +++--
arch/powerpc/kvm/powerpc.c | 6 ++--
arch/s390/kvm/kvm-s390.c | 27 ++++++++++++-----
arch/x86/kvm/hyperv.c | 3 +-
arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c | 3 +-
arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 5 ++--
include/linux/kvm_host.h | 73 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------------
virt/kvm/arm/arm.c | 10 +++----
virt/kvm/kvm_main.c | 72 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------
9 files changed, 144 insertions(+), 63 deletions(-)


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