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Re: [Xen-devel] GPU passthrough performance regression in >4GB vms due to XSA-60 changes

>>> On 15.05.14 at 11:11, <tomasz.wroblewski@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> We've recently updated from Xen 4.3.1 to 4.3.2 and found out a major 
> regression in gpu passthrough performance in VMs using >4GB of memory. 
> When using GPU pt (some radeon cards, also intergrated intel gpu pt), 
> load on cpu is constantly near maximum and screen is slow to update. The 
> machines are intel haswell/ivybridge laptops/desktops, the guests are 
> windows 7 64-bit HVMs.
> I've bisected the failure to be due to XSA-60 changes, specifically:
> commit e81d0ac25464825b3828cff5dc9e8285612992c4
> Author: Liu Jinsong <jinsong.liu@xxxxxxxxx>
> Date:   Mon Dec 9 14:26:03 2013 +0100
>      VMX: remove the problematic set_uc_mode logic
> This commit seems to have removed a bit of logic which, when guest was 
> setting cache disable bit in CR0 for a brief time, was iterating on all 
> mapped pfns and resetting memory type in EPTs to be consistent with the 
> result of mtrr.c:epte_get_entry_emt() call. I believe my tracing 
> indicates this used to return WRITEBACK caching strategy for the 64bit 
> memory areas where the BARs of the gpu seem to be located.
> This bit of code is not happening anymore, speculatively I think the PCI 
> BAR area stays as uncached which causes the general slowness.

But of course you would have to ask yourself whether it was correct
for that range to be anything but UC. And as you may be aware,
there has been more work in this area recently, so further UC-ness
may be there in 4.5...

> Note that 
> I'm not talking about slow performance during the window the CR0 has 
> caching disabled, it does stays slow even after guest reenables it 
> shortly after since the problem seems to be a side effect of removed 
> loop setting some default EPT policies on all pfns. Reintroducing the 
> removed loop fixes the problem.

Doing so is clearly not going to be an option.

To at least harden your suspicion, did you look at D debug key
output with and without the change (for that to be useful here
you may want to add memory type dumping as was added in


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