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Re: [Qemu-devel] vm performance degradation after kvm live migration or

From: Zhanghaoyu (A)
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] vm performance degradation after kvm live migration or save-restore with ETP enabled
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:47:49 +0000

>> hi all,
>> I met similar problem to these, while performing live migration or 
>> save-restore test on the kvm platform (qemu:1.4.0, host:suse11sp2, 
>> guest:suse11sp2), running tele-communication software suite in guest, 
>> https://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2013-05/msg00098.html
>> http://comments.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.kvm.devel/102506
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.kvm.devel/100592
>> https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=58771
>> After live migration or virsh restore [savefile], one process's CPU 
>> utilization went up by about 30%, resulted in throughput degradation 
>> of this process.
>> If EPT disabled, this problem gone.
>> I suspect that kvm hypervisor has business with this problem.
>> Based on above suspect, I want to find the two adjacent versions of 
>> kvm-kmod which triggers this problem or not (e.g. 2.6.39, 3.0-rc1), 
>> and analyze the differences between this two versions, or apply the 
>> patches between this two versions by bisection method, finally find the key 
>> patches.
>> Any better ideas?
>> Thanks,
>> Zhang Haoyu
>I've attempted to duplicate this on a number of machines that are as similar 
>to yours as I am able to get my hands on, and so far have not been able to see 
>any performance degradation. And from what I've read in the above links, huge 
>pages do not seem to be part of the problem.
>So, if you are in a position to bisect the kernel changes, that would probably 
>be the best avenue to pursue in my opinion.

I found the first bad commit([612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4] KVM: 
propagate fault r/w information to gup(), allow read-only memory) which 
triggers this problem 
by git bisecting the kvm kernel (download from 
https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/virt/kvm/kvm.git) changes.

git log 612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4 -n 1 -p > 
git diff 
 > 612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4.diff

Then, I diffed 612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4.log and 
came to a conclusion that all of the differences between 
612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4~1 and 
are contributed by no other than 612819c3c6e67bac8fceaa7cc402f13b1b63f7e4, so 
this commit is the peace-breaker which directly or indirectly causes the 

Does the map_writable flag passed to mmu_set_spte() function have effect on 
PTE's PAT flag or increase the VMEXITs induced by that guest tried to write 
read-only memory?

Zhang Haoyu

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