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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] xen/spinlock: Don't use pvqspinlock if only 1 vCPU
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On 07/22/2018 11:31 PM, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> On Fri, 20 Jul 2018 at 06:03, Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 07/19/2018 05:54 PM, Davidlohr Bueso wrote:
>>> On Thu, 19 Jul 2018, Waiman Long wrote:
>>>
>>>> On a VM with only 1 vCPU, the locking fast paths will always be
>>>> successful. In this case, there is no need to use the the PV qspinlock
>>>> code which has higher overhead on the unlock side than the native
>>>> qspinlock code.
>>>>
>>>> The xen_pvspin veriable is also turned off in this 1 vCPU case to
>>>> eliminate unneeded pvqspinlock initialization in xen_init_lock_cpu()
>>>> which is run after xen_init_spinlocks().
>>> Wouldn't kvm also want this?
>>>
>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c b/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>>> index a37bda38d205..95aceb692010 100644
>>> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>>> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/kvm.c
>>> @@ -457,7 +457,8 @@ static void __init sev_map_percpu_data(void)
>>> static void __init kvm_smp_prepare_cpus(unsigned int max_cpus)
>>> {
>>> native_smp_prepare_cpus(max_cpus);
>>> - if (kvm_para_has_hint(KVM_HINTS_REALTIME))
>>> + if (num_possible_cpus() == 1 ||
>>> + kvm_para_has_hint(KVM_HINTS_REALTIME))
>>> static_branch_disable(&virt_spin_lock_key);
>>> }
>> That doesn't really matter as the slowpath will never get executed in
>> the 1 vCPU case.
> So this is not needed in kvm tree?
> https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/virt/kvm/kvm.git/commit/?h=queue&id=3a792199004ec335346cc607d62600a399a7ee02
>
> Regards,
> Wanpeng Li

With only 1 vCPU, the slowpath will not be executed. It will be a
deadlock if it happens. So we don't need to explicitly disable the
static key here.

-Longman

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