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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] xen: allocate page for shared info page from low memory

On 06/14/2017 01:11 PM, Juergen Gross wrote:
On 14/06/17 18:58, Boris Ostrovsky wrote:
On 06/12/2017 07:53 AM, Juergen Gross wrote:
In a HVM guest the kernel allocates the page for mapping the shared
info structure via extend_brk() today. This will lead to a drop of
performance as the underlying EPT entry will have to be split up into
4kB entries as the single shared info page is located in hypervisor

The issue has been detected by using the libmicro munmap test:
unmapping 8kB of memory was faster by nearly a factor of two when no
pv interfaces were active in the HVM guest.

So instead of taking a page from memory which might be mapped via
large EPT entries use a page which is already mapped via a 4kB EPT
entry: we can take a page from the first 1MB of memory as the video
memory at 640kB disallows using larger EPT entries.

Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
  arch/x86/xen/enlighten_hvm.c | 31 ++++++++++++++++++++++++-------
  arch/x86/xen/enlighten_pv.c  |  2 --
  2 files changed, 24 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_hvm.c b/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_hvm.c
index a6d014f47e52..c19477b6e43a 100644
--- a/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_hvm.c
+++ b/arch/x86/xen/enlighten_hvm.c
@@ -1,5 +1,6 @@
  #include <linux/cpu.h>
  #include <linux/kexec.h>
+#include <linux/memblock.h>
#include <xen/features.h>
  #include <xen/events.h>
@@ -10,9 +11,11 @@
  #include <asm/reboot.h>
  #include <asm/setup.h>
  #include <asm/hypervisor.h>
+#include <asm/e820/api.h>
#include <asm/xen/cpuid.h>
  #include <asm/xen/hypervisor.h>
+#include <asm/xen/page.h>
#include "xen-ops.h"
  #include "mmu.h"
@@ -22,20 +25,34 @@ void __ref xen_hvm_init_shared_info(void)
        int cpu;
        struct xen_add_to_physmap xatp;
-       static struct shared_info *shared_info_page;
+       u64 pa;
+       if (HYPERVISOR_shared_info == &xen_dummy_shared_info) {
+               /*
+                * Search for a free page starting at 4kB physical address.
+                * Low memory is preferred to avoid an EPT large page split up
+                * by the mapping.
+                * Starting below X86_RESERVE_LOW (usually 64kB) is fine as
+                * the BIOS used for HVM guests is well behaved and won't
+                * clobber memory other than the first 4kB.
+                */
+               for (pa = PAGE_SIZE;
+                    !e820__mapped_all(pa, pa + PAGE_SIZE, E820_TYPE_RAM) ||
+                    memblock_is_reserved(pa);
+                    pa += PAGE_SIZE)
+                       ;

Is it possible to never find a page here?

Only if there is no memory available at all. :-)

TBH: I expect this to _always_ succeed at the first loop iteration.

This patch seems to break (64-bit only) guests on dumpdata here. No problems on other machines.

So far all I know is that we did get the first page (0x1000) but not much more. I will poke at this more on Monday.


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