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Re: [Xen-devel] Enabling VT-d PI by default

On Mon, 2017-05-15 at 15:32 +0100, George Dunlap wrote:
> On Mon, May 15, 2017 at 2:35 PM, Andrew Cooper
> <andrew.cooper3@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > On systems with this number of in-flight interrupts, trying to
> > track
> > "who got what interrupt" for priority
> > boosting purposes is a waste of
> > time, as we spend ages taking vmexits to process interrupt
> > notifications
> > for out-of-context vcpus.
> > 
> > The way the PI architects envisaged the technology being used is
> > that
> > Suppress Notification is set at all points other than executing in
> > non-root mode for the vcpu in question (there is a small race
> > window
> > around clearing SN on vmentry), and that the scheduler uses
> > Outstanding
> > Notification on each of the PI blocks when it rebalances credit to
> > see
> > which vcpus have had interrupts in the last 30ms.
> It sounds like they may have made the mistake that the Credit1
> designers made, in analyzing only a system that was overloaded; and
> one where all workloads were identical, as opposed to analyzing a
> system that was at least sometimes partially loaded, and where
> workloads were very different.
Totally agree.

Also, I'm not sure I follow why PI architects would be basing hardware
design on specific characteristics of a particular Xen scheduler. E.g.,
 in Linux --which I'd think they also had in mind when envisioning uses
of the technology-- there is no such thing as 30ms timeslice, nor
credits redistribution.

And AFAICU what you seem to suggest, not notifying an interrupt/not
waking up anyone, at the time at which it happens, means there must be
some kind of list_for_each_vcpu() anyway, for checking which vCPUs have
pending notifications. Hence the problem we're discussing here, would
just be moved between subsystems, rather than going away.

And, finally, I don't get what you mean when you say that we're trying
to use PI "for priority boosting purposes". I don't think we do that.

FTR, I've quickly checked how this is done in Linux, and the solution
pushed there looks really similar to the one that has been pushed to
Xen as well. E.g., the also there, the handler scans the blocked vCPUs

> In both cases, waiting 30ms to see if we should wake somebody up is
> far too long.

<<This happens because I choose it to happen!>> (Raistlin Majere)
Dario Faggioli, Ph.D, http://about.me/dario.faggioli
Senior Software Engineer, Citrix Systems R&D Ltd., Cambridge (UK)

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