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[Qemu-devel] [PULL 01/17] virtio-net: enable ioeventfd even if vhost=off

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [PULL 01/17] virtio-net: enable ioeventfd even if vhost=off
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 23:09:04 +0200

From: Paolo Bonzini <address@hidden>

virtio-net-pci does not enable ioeventfd for historical reasons (and
nobody ever checked whether it should be revisited).  Note that other
backends do enable ioeventfd for virtio-net.

However, it has a major effect on performance.  On Windows, throughput is
_multiplied_ by 2 or 3 on TCP_STREAM (on small packets it is "only" a 30%
improvement) and a little less so on TCP_MAERTS albeit still very much
statistically significant.  Latency also has a single digit improvement.

This is not visible when using vhost, which forces ioeventfd=on, but it
is substantial without vhost.  In addition, also on Windows and with the
RHEL 7.3 kernel, APICv seems to slow down virtio-net performance a bit,
but the penalty with this patch goes from -25% to -7%.

Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <address@hidden>
Reviewed-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <address@hidden>
Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <address@hidden>
 hw/virtio/virtio-pci.c | 2 +-
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/hw/virtio/virtio-pci.c b/hw/virtio/virtio-pci.c
index 854b8f2..8baaf2b 100644
--- a/hw/virtio/virtio-pci.c
+++ b/hw/virtio/virtio-pci.c
@@ -2278,7 +2278,7 @@ static const TypeInfo virtio_serial_pci_info = {
 static Property virtio_net_properties[] = {
     DEFINE_PROP_BIT("ioeventfd", VirtIOPCIProxy, flags,
-                    VIRTIO_PCI_FLAG_USE_IOEVENTFD_BIT, false),
+                    VIRTIO_PCI_FLAG_USE_IOEVENTFD_BIT, true),
     DEFINE_PROP_UINT32("vectors", VirtIOPCIProxy, nvectors, 3),

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