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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 3/5] hpet 'driftfix': add fields to HPETTimer

From: Anthony Liguori
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 3/5] hpet 'driftfix': add fields to HPETTimer and VMStateDescription
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:10:00 -0500
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On 04/11/2011 04:08 AM, Avi Kivity wrote:
On 04/11/2011 12:06 PM, Ulrich Obergfell wrote:
>>  vmstate_hpet_timer = {
>>            VMSTATE_UINT64(fsb, HPETTimer),
>>            VMSTATE_UINT64(period, HPETTimer),
>>            VMSTATE_UINT8(wrap_flag, HPETTimer),
>>  + VMSTATE_UINT64_V(saved_period, HPETTimer, 3),
>>  + VMSTATE_UINT64_V(ticks_not_accounted, HPETTimer, 3),
>>  + VMSTATE_UINT32_V(irqs_to_inject, HPETTimer, 3),
>>  + VMSTATE_UINT32_V(irq_rate, HPETTimer, 3),
>>  + VMSTATE_UINT32_V(divisor, HPETTimer, 3),
> We ought to be able to use a subsection keyed off of whether any ticks
>  are currently accumulated, no?


I'm not sure if I understand your question correctly. Are you suggesting
to migrate the driftfix-related state conditionally / only if there are
any ticks accumulated in 'ticks_not_accounted' and 'irqs_to_inject' ?

The size of the driftfix-related state is 28 bytes per timer and we have
32 timers per HPETState, i.e. 896 additional bytes per HPETState. With a
maximum number of 8 HPET blocks (HPETState), this amounts to 7168 bytes.
Hence, unconditional migration of the driftfix-related state should not
cause significant additional overhead.

It's not about overhead.

Maybe I missed something. Could you please explain which benefit you see
in using a subsection ?

In the common case of there being no drift, you can migrate from a qemu that supports driftfix to a qemu that doesn't.

Right, subsections are a trick. The idea is that when you introduce new state for a device model that is not always going to be set, when you do the migration, you detect whether the state is set or not and if it's not set, instead of sending empty versions of that state (i.e. missed_ticks=0) you just don't send the new state at all.

This means that you can migrate to an older version of QEMU provided the migration would work correctly.


Anthony Liguori

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