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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC] VMI for Xen?
Just some food for thought, I did a simple analysis of the size of Xen
Linux patches verses the VMI patches. To make things more fair, I
removed everything from the XenoLinux port accept for the i386 xen
subarch (so no drivers and no support for other architectures).
124 files changed, 4964 insertions(+), 623 deletions(-)
185 files changed, 31586 insertions(+), 142 deletions(-)
So the Xen port adds 6 times more code than VMI. I certainly don't
think VMI for Xen is going to be as fast as native Xen but I don't know
of anything that would cause a substantial change in VMI to add the
necessary optimizations that would result in a massive change in the
size of the patches.
I should also mention that one should also consider the size of the VMI
Xen ROM too. For the L4-based ROM that's going to be ~10k lines but I
expect that if the Xen hypercalls were adjusted a little bit, it would
drop much less. For instance, Xen already does platform device
emulation in the hypervisor for HVM domains so if that were reused it
would knock out a fair amount of the ROM code.
It seems like there are some merits to the VMI approach. Is there
something I'm missing? I admit I don't understand the XenoLinux changes
well enough to know with certainity if there's something major that
justifies the difference in size. I'm hoping someone can hit me with a
clue stick though if there is :-)
Anthony Liguori wrote:
I'm sure everyone has seen the drop of VMI patches for Linux at this
point, but just in case, the link is included below.
I've read this version of the VMI spec and have made my way through
most of the patches. While I wasn't really that impressed with the
first spec wrt Xen, the second version seems to be much more
palatable. Specifically, the code inlining and afterburner-style
padding seems like a really promising approach to native-speed single
kernel images. Also, this version seems much more friendly to p2m.
There are still a few things missing (like guest DMA support) but I
think the basic ideas are pretty sane. So what does everyone else
think? Is there anything within VMI that would inhibit some of Xen's
optimizations? Are there any disadvantages to a VMI-style approach to
the subarch changes?
How close are we to being able to merge our stuff with mainline? Have
we gotten feedback yet on how hard this is going to be? Would VMI be
an easier approach to inclusion in mainline?
Just thought it would be prudent to start a discussion here, at least,
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