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SubjectRe: [PATCH] KVM: X86: Make fpu allocation a common function
On Tue, Oct 15, 2019 at 04:36:57PM +0200, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:
> Paolo Bonzini <> writes:
> > On 15/10/19 12:53, Vitaly Kuznetsov wrote:
> >> A very theoretical question: why do we have 'struct vcpu' embedded in
> >> vcpu_vmx/vcpu_svm and not the other way around (e.g. in a union)? That
> >> would've allowed us to allocate memory in common code and then fill in
> >> vendor-specific details in .create_vcpu().

A union would waste a non-trivial amount of memory on SVM.

SVM: struct size = 14560
VMX: struct size = 16192

There are ways around that, but...

> >
> > Probably "because it's always been like that" is the most accurate answer.
> >
> OK, so let me make my question a bit less theoretical: would you be in
> favor of changing the status quo? :-)

... we don't need to invert the strut embedding to re-order the create
flow. 'struct kvm_vcpu' must be at offset zero and the size of the vcpu
is vendor defined, so kvm_arch_vcpu_create() can allocate the struct and
directly cast it to a 'struct kvm_vcpu *'.

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