[PATCH] arm64: KVM: Optimize arm64 guest exit VFP/SIMD register save/restore

Marc Zyngier marc.zyngier at arm.com
Tue Jun 16 01:30:59 PDT 2015

On 16/06/15 04:04, Mario Smarduch wrote:
> On 06/15/2015 11:20 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>> On 15/06/15 19:04, Mario Smarduch wrote:
>>> On 06/15/2015 03:00 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>>>> Hi Mario,
> [ ... ]
>>>> On 13/06/15 23:20, Mario Smarduch wrote:
>>>>> Currently VFP/SIMD registers are always saved and restored
>>>>> on Guest entry and exit.
>>>>> This patch only saves and restores VFP/SIMD registers on
>>>>> Guest access. To do this cptr_el2 VFP/SIMD trap is set
>>>>> on Guest entry and later checked on exit. This follows
>>>>> the ARMv7 VFPv3 implementation. Running an informal test
>>>>> there are high number of exits that don't access VFP/SIMD
>>>>> registers.
>>>> It would be good to add some numbers here. How often do we exit without
>>>> having touched the FPSIMD regs? For which workload?
>>> Lmbench is what I typically use, with ssh server, i.e., cause page
>>> faults and interrupts - usually registers are not touched.
>>> I'll run the tests again and define usually.
>>> Any other loads you had in mind?
>> Not really (apart from running hackbench, of course...;-). I'd just like
>> to see the numbers in the commit message, so that we can document the
>> improvement (and maybe track regressions).
> Hi Marc,
>    some ballpark numbers.
>    hackbench about 30% of the time optimized path is taken
> (for 10*40 test).
> Lmbench3 upwards of 50% for context switching, memory bw,
> pipe, proc creation, sys call. There are lot more tests
> but I limited to these tests. In addition other processes
> are running in background NTP, SSH, ... doing their own
> thing.
> I added a tmp counter to kvm_vcpu_arch to count vfpsimd
> events.

That looks good. Please include these numbers in the commit message for
v2 of that patch.


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