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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v1 00/17] dataplane: optimization and multi virt

From: Ming Lei
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v1 00/17] dataplane: optimization and multi virtqueue support
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 18:00:22 +0800

On Tue, Aug 5, 2014 at 5:48 PM, Kevin Wolf <address@hidden> wrote:
> Am 05.08.2014 um 05:33 hat Ming Lei geschrieben:
>> Hi,
>> These patches bring up below 4 changes:
>>         - introduce object allocation pool and apply it to
>>         virtio-blk dataplane for improving its performance
>>         - introduce selective coroutine bypass mechanism
>>         for improving performance of virtio-blk dataplane with
>>         raw format image
> Before applying any bypassing patches, I think we should understand in
> detail where we are losing performance with coroutines enabled.

>From the below profiling data, CPU becomes slow to run instructions
with coroutine, and CPU dcache miss is increased so it is very
likely caused by switching stack frequently.



> I also think that the device emulation has no business in deciding
> whether the bypass is used (it depends solely on conditions outside of
> the device) and that leaking the fd number out of raw-posix is wrong.
> Both of them are layering violations that shouldn't be reintroduced.

Yes, that is right, and I have added comments that the bypass hint will
be moved to block layer completely in future.


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