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Subject[PATCH v4 0/9] x86/kvm/nVMX: optimize MMU switch between L1 and L2
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Change since v3 [Sean Christopherson]:
- Add Reviewed-by tags (thanks!).
- Drop stale role initializer in kvm_calc_shadow_ept_root_page_role
(interim change in PATCH4, the end result is the same).
- Use '!!' instead of '!= 0' for kvm_read_cr4_bits() readings.

Also, rebased to the current kvm/queue.

Original description:

Currently, when we switch from L1 to L2 (VMX) we do the following:
- Re-initialize L1 MMU as shadow EPT MMU (nested_ept_init_mmu_context())
- Re-initialize 'nested' MMU (nested_vmx_load_cr3() -> init_kvm_nested_mmu())

When we switch back we do:
- Re-initialize L1 MMU (nested_vmx_load_cr3() -> init_kvm_tdp_mmu())

This seems to be sub-optimal. Initializing MMU is expensive (thanks to
update_permission_bitmask(), update_pkru_bitmask(),..) Try solving the
issue by splitting L1-normal and L1-nested MMUs and checking if MMU reset
is really needed. This spares us about 1000 cpu cycles on nested vmexit.

Brief look at SVM makes me think it can be optimized the exact same way,
I'll do this in a separate series.

Paolo Bonzini (1):
x86/kvm/mmu: get rid of redundant kvm_mmu_setup()

Vitaly Kuznetsov (8):
x86/kvm/mmu: make vcpu->mmu a pointer to the current MMU
x86/kvm/mmu.c: set get_pdptr hook in kvm_init_shadow_ept_mmu()
x86/kvm/mmu.c: add kvm_mmu parameter to kvm_mmu_free_roots()
x86/kvm/mmu: introduce guest_mmu
x86/kvm/mmu: make space for source data caching in struct kvm_mmu
x86/kvm/nVMX: introduce source data cache for
kvm_init_shadow_ept_mmu()
x86/kvm/mmu: check if tdp/shadow MMU reconfiguration is needed
x86/kvm/mmu: check if MMU reconfiguration is needed in
init_kvm_nested_mmu()

arch/x86/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 44 +++-
arch/x86/kvm/mmu.c | 357 +++++++++++++++++++-------------
arch/x86/kvm/mmu.h | 8 +-
arch/x86/kvm/mmu_audit.c | 12 +-
arch/x86/kvm/paging_tmpl.h | 15 +-
arch/x86/kvm/svm.c | 14 +-
arch/x86/kvm/vmx.c | 55 +++--
arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 22 +-
8 files changed, 322 insertions(+), 205 deletions(-)

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2.17.1

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