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Date:	Sat, 29 Mar 2014 11:46:07 -0300
From:	Marcelo Tosatti <>
To:	Zhanghailiang <>
Cc:	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>,
	Zhouxiangjiu <>,
	zhang yanying <>
Subject: Re: VDSO pvclock may increase host cpu consumption, is this a

On Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 08:47:27AM +0000, Zhanghailiang wrote:
> Hi,
> I found when Guest is idle, VDSO pvclock may increase host consumption.
> We can calcutate as follow, Correct me if I am wrong.
>       (Host)250 * update_pvclock_gtod = 1500 * gettimeofday(Guest)
> In Host, VDSO pvclock introduce a notifier chain, pvclock_gtod_chain in timekeeping.c. It consume nearly 900 cycles per call. So in consideration of 250 Hz, it may consume 225,000 cycles per second, even no VM is created.
> In Guest, gettimeofday consumes 220 cycles per call with VDSO pvclock. If the no-kvmclock-vsyscall is configured, gettimeofday consumes 370 cycles per call. The feature decrease 150 cycles consumption per call. 
> When call gettimeofday 1500 times,it decrease 225,000 cycles,equal to the host consumption.
> Both Host and Guest is linux-3.13.6.
> So, whether the host cpu consumption is a problem?


How many percents out of the total CPU cycles are 225,000 cycles, for your

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