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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 00/15] KVM: Dirty ring interface
On 05/12/19 20:30, Peter Xu wrote:
>> Try enabling kvmmmu tracepoints too, it will tell
>> you more of the path that was taken while processing the EPT violation.
> These new tracepoints are extremely useful (which I didn't notice
> before).

Yes, they are!

> So here's the final culprit...
> void kvm_reset_dirty_gfn(struct kvm *kvm, u32 slot, u64 offset, u64 mask)
> {
> ...
> spin_lock(&kvm->mmu_lock);
> /* FIXME: we should use a single AND operation, but there is no
> * applicable atomic API.
> */
> while (mask) {
> clear_bit_le(offset + __ffs(mask), memslot->dirty_bitmap);
> mask &= mask - 1;
> }
> kvm_arch_mmu_enable_log_dirty_pt_masked(kvm, memslot, offset, mask);
> spin_unlock(&kvm->mmu_lock);
> }
> The mask is cleared before reaching
> kvm_arch_mmu_enable_log_dirty_pt_masked()..

I'm not sure why that results in two vmexits? (clearing before
kvm_arch_mmu_enable_log_dirty_pt_masked is also what

> The funny thing is that I did have a few more patches to even skip
> allocate the dirty_bitmap when dirty ring is enabled (hence in that
> tree I removed this while loop too, so that has no such problem).
> However I dropped those patches when I posted the RFC because I don't
> think it's mature, and the selftest didn't complain about that
> either.. Though, I do plan to redo that in v2 if you don't disagree.
> The major question would be whether the dirty_bitmap could still be
> for any use if dirty ring is enabled.

Userspace may want a dirty bitmap in addition to a list (for example:
list for migration, bitmap for framebuffer update), but it can also do a
pass over the dirty rings in order to update an internal bitmap.

So I think it make sense to make it either one or the other.


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