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SubjectRe: [RFC V2 0/9] x86/mmu:Introduce parallel memory virtualization to boost performance
On Fri, Sep 25, 2020 at 1:14 AM Ben Gardon <bgardon@google.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Sep 23, 2020 at 11:28 PM Wanpeng Li <kernellwp@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > Any comments? Paolo! :)
>
> Hi, sorry to be so late in replying! I wanted to post the first part
> of the TDP MMU series I've been working on before responding so we
> could discuss the two together, but I haven't been able to get it out
> as fast as I would have liked. (I'll send it ASAP!) I'm hopeful that
> it will ultimately help address some of the page fault handling and
> lock contention issues you're addressing with these patches. I'd also
> be happy to work together to add a prepopulation feature to it. I'll
> put in some more comments inline below.
>

Thanks for the feedback and looking forward to your patchset.

> > On Wed, 9 Sep 2020 at 11:04, Wanpeng Li <kernellwp@gmail.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Any comments? guys!
> > > On Tue, 1 Sep 2020 at 19:52, <yulei.kernel@gmail.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > From: Yulei Zhang <yulei.kernel@gmail.com>
> > > >
> > > > Currently in KVM memory virtulization we relay on mmu_lock to
> > > > synchronize the memory mapping update, which make vCPUs work
> > > > in serialize mode and slow down the execution, especially after
> > > > migration to do substantial memory mapping will cause visible
> > > > performance drop, and it can get worse if guest has more vCPU
> > > > numbers and memories.
> > > >
> > > > The idea we present in this patch set is to mitigate the issue
> > > > with pre-constructed memory mapping table. We will fast pin the
> > > > guest memory to build up a global memory mapping table according
> > > > to the guest memslots changes and apply it to cr3, so that after
> > > > guest starts up all the vCPUs would be able to update the memory
> > > > simultaneously without page fault exception, thus the performance
> > > > improvement is expected.
>
> My understanding from this RFC is that your primary goal is to
> eliminate page fault latencies and lock contention arising from the
> first page faults incurred by vCPUs when initially populating the EPT.
> Is that right?
>

That's right.

> I have the impression that the pinning and generally static memory
> mappings are more a convenient simplification than part of a larger
> goal to avoid incurring page faults down the line. Is that correct?
>
> I ask because I didn't fully understand, from our conversation on v1
> of this RFC, why reimplementing the page fault handler and associated
> functions was necessary for the above goals, as I understood them.
> My impression of the prepopulation approach is that, KVM will
> sequentially populate all the EPT entries to map guest memory. I
> understand how this could be optimized to be quite efficient, but I
> don't understand how it would scale better than the existing
> implementation with one vCPU accessing memory.
>

I don't think our goal is to simply eliminate the page fault. Our
target scenario
is in live migration, when the workload resume on the destination VM after
migrate, it will kick off the vcpus to build the gfn to pfn mapping,
but due to the
mmu_lock it holds the vcpus to execute in sequential which significantly slows
down the workload execution in VM and affect the end user experience, especially
when it is memory sensitive workload. Pre-populate the EPT entries
will solve the
problem smoothly as it allows the vcpus to execute in parallel after migration.

> > > >
> > > > We use memory dirty pattern workload to test the initial patch
> > > > set and get positive result even with huge page enabled. For example,
> > > > we create guest with 32 vCPUs and 64G memories, and let the vcpus
> > > > dirty the entire memory region concurrently, as the initial patch
> > > > eliminate the overhead of mmu_lock, in 2M/1G huge page mode we would
> > > > get the job done in about 50% faster.
>
> In this benchmark did you include the time required to pre-populate
> the EPT or just the time required for the vCPUs to dirty memory?
> I ask because I'm curious if your priority is to decrease the total
> end-to-end time, or you just care about the guest experience, and not
> so much the VM startup time.

We compare the time for each vcpu thread to finish the dirty job. Yes, it can
take some time for the page table pre-populate, but as each vcpu thread
can gain a huge advantage with concurrent dirty write, if we count that in
the total time it is still a better result.

> How does this compare to the case where 1 vCPU reads every page of
> memory and then 32 vCPUs concurrently dirty every page?
>

Haven't tried this yet, I think the major difference would be the page fault
latency introduced by the one vCPU read.

> > > >
> > > > We only validate this feature on Intel x86 platform. And as Ben
> > > > pointed out in RFC V1, so far we disable the SMM for resource
> > > > consideration, drop the mmu notification as in this case the
> > > > memory is pinned.
>
> I'm excited to see big MMU changes like this, and I look forward to
> combining our needs towards a better MMU for the x86 TDP case. Have
> you thought about how you would build SMM and MMU notifier support
> onto this patch series? I know that the invalidate range notifiers, at
> least, added a lot of non-trivial complexity to the direct MMU
> implementation I presented last year.
>

Thanks for the suggestion, I will think about it.

> > > >
> > > > V1->V2:
> > > > * Rebase the code to kernel version 5.9.0-rc1.
> > > >
> > > > Yulei Zhang (9):
> > > > Introduce new fields in kvm_arch/vcpu_arch struct for direct build EPT
> > > > support
> > > > Introduce page table population function for direct build EPT feature
> > > > Introduce page table remove function for direct build EPT feature
> > > > Add release function for direct build ept when guest VM exit
> > > > Modify the page fault path to meet the direct build EPT requirement
> > > > Apply the direct build EPT according to the memory slots change
> > > > Add migration support when using direct build EPT
> > > > Introduce kvm module parameter global_tdp to turn on the direct build
> > > > EPT mode
> > > > Handle certain mmu exposed functions properly while turn on direct
> > > > build EPT mode
> > > >
> > > > arch/mips/kvm/mips.c | 13 +
> > > > arch/powerpc/kvm/powerpc.c | 13 +
> > > > arch/s390/kvm/kvm-s390.c | 13 +
> > > > arch/x86/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 13 +-
> > > > arch/x86/kvm/mmu/mmu.c | 533 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
> > > > arch/x86/kvm/svm/svm.c | 2 +-
> > > > arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 7 +-
> > > > arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 55 ++--
> > > > include/linux/kvm_host.h | 7 +-
> > > > virt/kvm/kvm_main.c | 43 ++-
> > > > 10 files changed, 639 insertions(+), 60 deletions(-)
> > > >
> > > > --
> > > > 2.17.1
> > > >

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