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RE: [PATCH] migration: Move bitmap_mutex out of migration_bitmap_clear_d

From: Wang, Wei W
Subject: RE: [PATCH] migration: Move bitmap_mutex out of migration_bitmap_clear_dirty()
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2021 04:42:38 +0000

On Thursday, July 1, 2021 4:08 AM, Peter Xu wrote:
> Taking the mutex every time for each dirty bit to clear is too slow, 
> especially we'll
> take/release even if the dirty bit is cleared.  So far it's only used to sync 
> with
> special cases with qemu_guest_free_page_hint() against migration thread,
> nothing really that serious yet.  Let's move the lock to be upper.
> There're two callers of migration_bitmap_clear_dirty().
> For migration, move it into ram_save_iterate().  With the help of MAX_WAIT
> logic, we'll only run ram_save_iterate() for no more than 50ms-ish time, so 
> taking
> the lock once there at the entry.  It also means any call sites to
> qemu_guest_free_page_hint() can be delayed; but it should be very rare, only
> during migration, and I don't see a problem with it.
> For COLO, move it up to colo_flush_ram_cache().  I think COLO forgot to take
> that lock even when calling ramblock_sync_dirty_bitmap(), where another
> example is migration_bitmap_sync() who took it right.  So let the mutex cover
> both the
> ramblock_sync_dirty_bitmap() and migration_bitmap_clear_dirty() calls.
> It's even possible to drop the lock so we use atomic operations upon rb->bmap
> and the variable migration_dirty_pages.  I didn't do it just to still be 
> safe, also
> not predictable whether the frequent atomic ops could bring overhead too e.g.
> on huge vms when it happens very often.  When that really comes, we can
> keep a local counter and periodically call atomic ops.  Keep it simple for 
> now.

If free page opt is enabled, 50ms waiting time might be too long for handling 
just one hint (via qemu_guest_free_page_hint)?
How about making the lock conditionally?
#define QEMU_LOCK_GUARD_COND (lock, cond) {
        if (cond)
Then in migration_bitmap_clear_dirty:
QEMU_LOCK_GUARD_COND(&rs->bitmap_mutex, rs->fpo_enabled);


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