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Re: [Qemu-devel] [libvirt] TSC frequency configuration & invtsc migratio

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [libvirt] TSC frequency configuration & invtsc migration (was Re: [PATCH 4/4] kvm: Allow migration with invtsc)
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:38:45 +0100
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On 05/01/2017 14:00, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
>> If you do this unconditionally, you have another problem: if
>> tsc-frequency is set explicitly, migration is only possible if
>> TSC frequency of the destination matches[1], or if TSC scaling is
>> supported by the destination. It's a good idea to set a TSC
>> frequency only if invtsc is enabled explicitly in the config.
> If we don't set tsc-frequency and the TSC frequency doesn't
> match, does that mean the guest migration succeed, but suddenly
> sees different TSC frequency ?

That's the reason why kvmclock exists (or more precisely, the reason why
kvmclock is still useful even when hosts have invtsc).


> I guess we we allowed that historically we can't break that
> now, so setting it only if invtsc is set seems reasonable.

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