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From: peterz@infradead.org
To: hpa@zytor.com
Cc: Ricardo Neri <ricardo.neri-calderon@linux.intel.com>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>, Borislav Petkov <bp@suse.de>,
	Andy Lutomirski <luto@kernel.org>,
	x86@kernel.org, Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@intel.com>,
	Tony Luck <tony.luck@intel.com>,
	Cathy Zhang <cathy.zhang@intel.com>,
	Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@intel.com>,
	Kyung Min Park <kyung.min.park@intel.com>,
	"Ravi V. Shankar" <ravi.v.shankar@intel.com>,
	Sean Christopherson <sean.j.christopherson@intel.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Ricardo Neri <ricardo.neri@intel.com>,
	Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@linux.intel.com>,
	linux-edac@vger.kernel.org, frederic@kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/4] x86/cpu: Use SERIALIZE in sync_core() when available
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2020 15:30:20 +0200
Message-ID: <20200727133020.GN119549@hirez.programming.kicks-ass.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20200727130536.GM119549@hirez.programming.kicks-ass.net>

On Mon, Jul 27, 2020 at 03:05:36PM +0200, peterz@infradead.org wrote:
> Yeah, I'm not sure.. the 'funny' thing is that typically call
> sync_core() from an IPI anyway. And the synchronous broadcast IPI is by
> far the most expensive part of that.
> 
> Something like this...
> 
> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
> index 20e07feb4064..528e049ee1d9 100644
> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/alternative.c
> @@ -989,12 +989,13 @@ void *text_poke_kgdb(void *addr, const void *opcode, size_t len)
>  
>  static void do_sync_core(void *info)
>  {
> -	sync_core();
> +	/* IRET implies sync_core() */
>  }
>  
>  void text_poke_sync(void)
>  {
>  	on_each_cpu(do_sync_core, NULL, 1);
> +	sync_core();
>  }
>  
>  struct text_poke_loc {

So 'people' have wanted to optimize this for NOHZ_FULL and I suppose
virt as well.

IFF VMENTER is serializing, I suppose we can simply do something like:

bool text_poke_cond(int cpu, void *info)
{
	/*
	 * If we observe the vCPU is preempted, it will do VMENTER
	 * no point in sending an IPI to SERIALIZE.
	 */
	return !vcpu_is_preempted(cpu);
}

void text_poke_sync(void)
{
	smp_call_function_many_cond(cpu_possible_mask,
				    do_sync_core, NULL, 1, text_poke_cond);
	sync_core();
}

The 'same' for NOHZ_FULL, except we need to cmpxchg a value such that
if the cmpxchg() succeeds we know the CPU is in userspace and will
SERIALIZE on the next entry. Much like kvm_flush_tlb_others().


Anyway, that's all hand-wavey.. I'll let someone that cares about those
things write actual patches :-)

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Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <20200727043132.15082-1-ricardo.neri-calderon@linux.intel.com>
2020-07-27  4:31 ` [PATCH 1/4] x86/cpufeatures: Add enumeration for SERIALIZE instruction Ricardo Neri
2020-07-27  4:31 ` [PATCH 2/4] x86/cpu: Relocate sync_core() to sync_core.h Ricardo Neri
2020-07-27  4:31 ` [PATCH 3/4] x86/cpu: Refactor sync_core() for readability Ricardo Neri
2020-07-27  4:31 ` [PATCH 4/4] x86/cpu: Use SERIALIZE in sync_core() when available Ricardo Neri
2020-07-27  5:55   ` hpa
2020-07-27  6:00     ` hpa
2020-07-27  8:36     ` peterz
2020-07-27 12:49       ` hpa
2020-07-27 13:05         ` peterz
2020-07-27 13:30           ` peterz [this message]
2020-07-28  4:41             ` Ricardo Neri
2020-07-28  8:50               ` peterz
2020-07-27 16:27     ` Luck, Tony
2020-07-27  8:20   ` peterz
2020-07-27 12:47     ` hpa
2020-07-28  0:55       ` Ricardo Neri
2020-07-28  0:36     ` Ricardo Neri
2020-07-27  8:23   ` peterz

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