[PATCH v2 00/21] arm64: KVM: world switch in C
marc.zyngier at arm.com
Tue Dec 1 01:58:23 PST 2015
On 30/11/15 20:33, Christoffer Dall wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 27, 2015 at 06:49:54PM +0000, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> Once upon a time, the KVM/arm64 world switch was a nice, clean, lean
>> and mean piece of hand-crafted assembly code. Over time, features have
>> crept in, the code has become harder to maintain, and the smallest
>> change is a pain to introduce. The VHE patches are a prime example of
>> why this doesn't work anymore.
>> This series rewrites most of the existing assembly code in C, but keeps
>> the existing code structure in place (most function names will look
>> familiar to the reader). The biggest change is that we don't have to
>> deal with a static register allocation (the compiler does it for us),
>> we can easily follow structure and pointers, and only the lowest level
>> is still in assembly code. Oh, and a negative diffstat.
>> There is still a healthy dose of inline assembly (system register
>> accessors, runtime code patching), but I've tried not to make it too
>> invasive. The generated code, while not exactly brilliant, doesn't
>> look too shaby. I do expect a small performance degradation, but I
>> believe this is something we can improve over time (my initial
>> measurements don't show any obvious regression though).
> I ran this through my experimental setup on m400 and got this:
> What this tells me is that we do take a noticable hit on the
> world-switch path, which shows up in the TCP_RR and hackbench workloads,
> which have a high precision in their output.
> Note that the memcached number is well within its variability between
> individual benchmark runs, where it varies to 12% of its average in over
> 80% of the executions.
> I don't think this is a showstopper thought, but we could consider
> looking more closely at a breakdown of the world-switch path and verify
> if/where we are really taking a hit.
Thanks for doing so, very interesting. As a data point, what compiler
are you using? I'd expect some variability based on the compiler version...
Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...
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