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Date:   Wed,  6 May 2020 12:10:45 -0400
From:   Paolo Bonzini <>
        Haiwei Li <>
Subject: [PATCH 4/7] KVM: VMX: Optimize posted-interrupt delivery for timer fastpath

From: Wanpeng Li <>

While optimizing posted-interrupt delivery especially for the timer
fastpath scenario, I measured kvm_x86_ops.deliver_posted_interrupt()
to introduce substantial latency because the processor has to perform
all vmentry tasks, ack the posted interrupt notification vector,
read the posted-interrupt descriptor etc.

This is not only slow, it is also unnecessary when delivering an
interrupt to the current CPU (as is the case for the LAPIC timer) because
PIR->IRR and IRR->RVI synchronization is already performed on vmentry
Therefore skip kvm_vcpu_trigger_posted_interrupt in this case, and
instead do vmx_sync_pir_to_irr() on the EXIT_FASTPATH_REENTER_GUEST
fastpath as well.

Tested-by: Haiwei Li <>
Cc: Haiwei Li <>
Suggested-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
Signed-off-by: Wanpeng Li <>
Message-Id: <>
Signed-off-by: Paolo Bonzini <>
 arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 4 +++-
 virt/kvm/kvm_main.c    | 1 +
 2 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
index 215ae9682da1..b980481436e9 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c
@@ -3928,7 +3928,8 @@ static int vmx_deliver_posted_interrupt(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu, int vector)
 	if (pi_test_and_set_on(&vmx->pi_desc))
 		return 0;
-	if (!kvm_vcpu_trigger_posted_interrupt(vcpu, false))
+	if (vcpu != kvm_get_running_vcpu() &&
+	    !kvm_vcpu_trigger_posted_interrupt(vcpu, false))
 	return 0;
@@ -6803,6 +6804,7 @@ static fastpath_t vmx_vcpu_run(struct kvm_vcpu *vcpu)
 			 * but it would incur the cost of a retpoline for now.
 			 * Revisit once static calls are available.
+			vmx_sync_pir_to_irr(vcpu);
 			goto reenter_guest;
 		exit_fastpath = EXIT_FASTPATH_EXIT_HANDLED;
diff --git a/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c b/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
index 825d501df158..7f675d525981 100644
--- a/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
+++ b/virt/kvm/kvm_main.c
@@ -4638,6 +4638,7 @@ struct kvm_vcpu *kvm_get_running_vcpu(void)
 	return vcpu;
  * kvm_get_running_vcpus - get the per-CPU array of currently running vcpus.

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