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Date:	Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:30:15 +0800
From:	"Zhang Haoyu" <zhanghy@...gfor.com>
To:	"Razya Ladelsky" <RAZYA@...ibm.com>,
	"Christian Borntraeger" <borntraeger@...ibm.com>,
	"mashirle" <mashirle@...ibm.com>,
	"Jason Wang" <jasowang@...hat.com>,
	"Michael S.Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>
Cc:	"abel.gordon" <abel.gordon@...il.com>,
	"Alex Glikson" <GLIKSON@...ibm.com>,
	"Eran Raichstein" <ERANRA@...ibm.com>,
	"Joel Nider" <JOELN@...ibm.com>, "kvm" <kvm@...r.kernel.org>,
	"linux-kernel" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"mst" <mst@...hat.com>, "netdev" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>,
	"virtualization" <virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org>,
	"Yossi Kuperman1" <YOSSIKU@...ibm.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] vhost: Add polling mode

>> > 
>> > Results:
>> > 
>> > Netperf, 1 vm:
>> > The polling patch improved throughput by ~33% (1516 MB/sec -> 2046 MB/sec).
>> > Number of exits/sec decreased 6x.
>> > The same improvement was shown when I tested with 3 vms running netperf
>> > (4086 MB/sec -> 5545 MB/sec).
>> > 
>> > filebench, 1 vm:
>> > ops/sec improved by 13% with the polling patch. Number of exits 
>> was reduced by
>> > 31%.
>> > The same experiment with 3 vms running filebench showed similar numbers.
>> > 
>> > Signed-off-by: Razya Ladelsky <razya@...ibm.com>
>> 
>> Gave it a quick try on s390/kvm. As expected it makes no difference 
>> for big streaming workload like iperf.
>> uperf with a 1-1 round robin got indeed faster by about 30%.
>> The high CPU consumption is something that bothers me though, as 
>> virtualized systems tend to be full.
>> 
>> 
>
>Thanks for confirming the results!
>The best way to use this patch would be along with a shared vhost thread 
>for multiple
>devices/vms, as described in:
>http://domino.research.ibm.com/library/cyberdig.nsf/1e4115aea78b6e7c85256b360066f0d4/479e3578ed05bfac85257b4200427735!OpenDocument
>This work assumes having a dedicated I/O core where the vhost thread 
>serves multiple vms, which 
>makes the high cpu utilization less of a concern. 
>
Hi, Razya, Shirley
I am going to test the combination of 
"several (depends on total number of cpu on host, e.g.,  total_number * 1/3) vhost threads server all VMs" and "vhost: add polling mode",
now I get the patch "http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.comp.emulators.kvm.devel/88682/focus=88723" posted by Shirley,
any update to this patch?

And, I want to make a bit change on this patch, create total_cpu_number * 1/N(N={3,4}) vhost threads instead of per-cpu vhost thread to server all VMs,
any ideas?

Thanks,
Zhang Haoyu
>
>
>> > +static int poll_start_rate = 0;
>> > +module_param(poll_start_rate, int, S_IRUGO|S_IWUSR);
>> > +MODULE_PARM_DESC(poll_start_rate, "Start continuous polling of 
>> virtqueue when rate of events is at least this number per jiffy. If 
>> 0, never start polling.");
>> > +
>> > +static int poll_stop_idle = 3*HZ; /* 3 seconds */
>> > +module_param(poll_stop_idle, int, S_IRUGO|S_IWUSR);
>> > +MODULE_PARM_DESC(poll_stop_idle, "Stop continuous polling of 
>> virtqueue after this many jiffies of no work.");
>> 
>> This seems ridicoudly high. Even one jiffie is an eternity, so 
>> setting it to 1 as a default would reduce the CPU overhead for most cases.
>> If we dont have a packet in one millisecond, we can surely go back 
>> to the kick approach, I think.
>> 
>> Christian
>> 
>
>Good point, will reduce it and recheck.
>Thank you,
>Razya

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