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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RFC v5 7/8] pvqspinlock, x86: Add qspinlock para-virtualization support

On 26/02/14 15:14, Waiman Long wrote:
> This patch adds para-virtualization support to the queue spinlock code
> by enabling the queue head to kick the lock holder CPU, if known,
> in when the lock isn't released for a certain amount of time. It
> also enables the mutual monitoring of the queue head CPU and the
> following node CPU in the queue to make sure that their CPUs will
> stay scheduled in.

I'm not really understanding how this is supposed to work.  There
appears to be an assumption that a guest can keep one of its VCPUs
running by repeatedly kicking it?  This is not possible under Xen and I
doubt it's possible under KVM or any other hypervisor.


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