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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/8] Create a userfaultfd demand paging test
If anyone has a chance to re-review this test patch series I'd be
grateful. I responded to most of the feedback I received in the first
series, and believe this test will be a useful performance benchmark
for future development.

On Mon, Dec 16, 2019 at 1:39 PM Ben Gardon <> wrote:
> When handling page faults for many vCPUs during demand paging, KVM's MMU
> lock becomes highly contended. This series creates a test with a naive
> userfaultfd based demand paging implementation to demonstrate that
> contention. This test serves both as a functional test of userfaultfd
> and a microbenchmark of demand paging performance with a variable number
> of vCPUs and memory per vCPU.
> The test creates N userfaultfd threads, N vCPUs, and a region of memory
> with M pages per vCPU. The N userfaultfd polling threads are each set up
> to serve faults on a region of memory corresponding to one of the vCPUs.
> Each of the vCPUs is then started, and touches each page of its disjoint
> memory region, sequentially. In response to faults, the userfaultfd
> threads copy a static buffer into the guest's memory. This creates a
> worst case for MMU lock contention as we have removed most of the
> contention between the userfaultfd threads and there is no time required
> to fetch the contents of guest memory.
> This test was run successfully on Intel Haswell, Broadwell, and
> Cascadelake hosts with a variety of vCPU counts and memory sizes.
> This test was adapted from the dirty_log_test.
> The series can also be viewed in Gerrit here:
> (Thanks to Dmitry Vyukov <> for setting up the Gerrit
> instance)
> Ben Gardon (9):
> KVM: selftests: Create a demand paging test
> KVM: selftests: Add demand paging content to the demand paging test
> KVM: selftests: Add memory size parameter to the demand paging test
> KVM: selftests: Pass args to vCPU instead of using globals
> KVM: selftests: Support multiple vCPUs in demand paging test
> KVM: selftests: Time guest demand paging
> KVM: selftests: Add parameter to _vm_create for memslot 0 base paddr
> KVM: selftests: Support large VMs in demand paging test
> Add static flag
> tools/testing/selftests/kvm/.gitignore | 1 +
> tools/testing/selftests/kvm/Makefile | 4 +-
> .../selftests/kvm/demand_paging_test.c | 610 ++++++++++++++++++
> tools/testing/selftests/kvm/dirty_log_test.c | 2 +-
> .../testing/selftests/kvm/include/kvm_util.h | 3 +-
> tools/testing/selftests/kvm/lib/kvm_util.c | 7 +-
> 6 files changed, 621 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 tools/testing/selftests/kvm/demand_paging_test.c
> --

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