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[Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4] block: Switch to host monotonic clock for IO thr

From: Fam Zheng
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v4] block: Switch to host monotonic clock for IO throttling
Date: Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:27:26 +0800

Currently, throttle timers won't make any progress when VCPU is not
running, which would stall the request queue in utils, qtest, vm
suspending, and live migration, without special handling.

Block jobs are confusingly inconsistent between with and without
throttling: if user sets a bps limit, stops the vm, then start a block
job, the block job will not make any progress; in contrary, if user
unsets the bps limit, or if it's not set, the block job will run

After this patch, with the host clock, even if the VCPUs are stopped,
the throttle queues will be processed.

This patch also enables potential to add throttle to bdrv_drain_all.
Currently all requests are drained immediately. In other words whenever
it is called, IO throttling goes ineffective (examples: system reset,
migration and many block job operations.). This is a loophole that guest
could exploit. If we use the host clock, we can later just trust the
nested poll. This could be done on top.

Note that for qemu-iotests case 093, which uses qtest, we still keep vm
clock so the script can control the clock stepping in order to be

Reviewed-by: Paolo Bonzini <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Alberto Garcia <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: Fam Zheng <address@hidden>

v4: Fix the description. [Alberto]
v3: More justification in commit message. [Stefan]
    Add Paolo's and Alberto's rev-bys.
v2: Don't break qemu-iotests 093.
 block.c | 9 ++++++++-
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/block.c b/block.c
index 0fe97de..89a1d5b 100644
--- a/block.c
+++ b/block.c
@@ -30,6 +30,7 @@
 #include "qapi/qmp/qjson.h"
 #include "sysemu/block-backend.h"
 #include "sysemu/sysemu.h"
+#include "sysemu/qtest.h"
 #include "qemu/notify.h"
 #include "block/coroutine.h"
 #include "block/qapi.h"
@@ -181,10 +182,16 @@ static void bdrv_throttle_write_timer_cb(void *opaque)
 /* should be called before bdrv_set_io_limits if a limit is set */
 void bdrv_io_limits_enable(BlockDriverState *bs)
+    int clock_type = QEMU_CLOCK_REALTIME;
+    if (qtest_enabled()) {
+        /* For testing block IO throttling only */
+        clock_type = QEMU_CLOCK_VIRTUAL;
+    }
-                  QEMU_CLOCK_VIRTUAL,
+                  clock_type,

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