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Re: [Qemu-ppc] [qemu-s390x] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH for-2.13] Clear mem_path

From: Christian Borntraeger
Subject: Re: [Qemu-ppc] [qemu-s390x] [Qemu-devel] [PATCH for-2.13] Clear mem_path if we fall back to anonymous RAM allocation
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:34:10 +0200
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On 04/19/2018 02:58 PM, Cornelia Huck wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Apr 2018 14:33:18 +0200
> Igor Mammedov <address@hidden> wrote:
>> On Thu, 19 Apr 2018 17:21:23 +1000
>> David Gibson <address@hidden> wrote:
>>> If the -mem-path option is set, we attempt to map the guest's RAM from a
>>> file in the given path; it's usually used to back guest RAM with hugepages.
>>> If we're unable to (e.g. not enough free hugepages) then we fall back to
>>> allocating normal anonymous pages.  This behaviour can be surprising, but a
>>> comment in allocate_system_memory_nonnuma() suggests it's legacy behaviour
>>> we can't change.
>>> What really isn't ok, though, is that in this case we leave mem_path set.
>>> That means functions which attempt to determine the pagesize of main RAM
>>> can erroneously think it is hugepage based on the requested path, even
>>> though it's not.
>>> This is particular bad for the pseries machine type.  KVM HV limitations
>>> mean the guest can't use pagesizes larger than the host page size used to
>>> back RAM.  That means that such a fallback, rather than merely giving
>>> poorer performance that expected will cause the guest to freeze up early in
>>> boot as it attempts to use large page mappings that can't work.
>>> This patch addresses the problem by clearing the mem_path variable when we
>>> fall back to anonymous pages, meaning that subsequent attempts to
>>> determine the RAM page size will get an accurate result.
>>> Signed-off-by: David Gibson <address@hidden>
>>> ---
>>>  numa.c | 1 +
>>>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
>>> Paolo et al, as with my earlier patches adding some extensions to the
>>> helpers for determining backing page sizes, if there are no objections
>>> can I get an ack to merge this via my ppc tree?
>>> diff --git a/numa.c b/numa.c
>>> index 1116c90af9..78a869e598 100644
>>> --- a/numa.c
>>> +++ b/numa.c
>>> @@ -469,6 +469,7 @@ static void allocate_system_memory_nonnuma(MemoryRegion 
>>> *mr, Object *owner,
>>>              /* Legacy behavior: if allocation failed, fall back to
>>>               * regular RAM allocation.
>>>               */
>>> +            mem_path = NULL;
>>>              memory_region_init_ram_nomigrate(mr, owner, name, ram_size, 
>>> &error_fatal);
>>>          }
>>>  #else  
>> mem_path is also used by kvm_s390_apply_cpu_model(),
>> and in ccw_init() memory is initialized before CPUs are
>> so if QEM was started with -mem-path, then before patch
>> created CPU won't have CMM enabled and print warning:
>>  "CMM will not be enabled because it is not compatible with hugetlbfs."
>> and after patch it might enable CMM if we clear mem_path.
>> So question is do we care about this?
> I don't quite remember the cmm semantics here -- Christian?

The CMMA interface does not work on large pages. I think the kernel will react
with EFAULT in some cases (cmma migration and others) so qemu will probably fail

But this patch seems to only clear mem-path if we do not allocate at all from
hugetlbfs. So things should be ok, no?

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