On Wed, Dec 16, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Andy Lutomirski <l...@amacapital.net> wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:42 AM, Paolo Bonzini <pbonz...@redhat.com> wrote:
>> On 14/12/2015 23:31, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
>>> >         RAW TSC                 NTP corrected TSC
>>> > t0      10                      10
>>> > t1      20                      19.99
>>> > t2      30                      29.98
>>> > t3      40                      39.97
>>> > t4      50                      49.96
>>> >
>>> > ...
>>> >
>>> > if you suddenly switch from RAW TSC to NTP corrected TSC,
>>> > you can see what will happen.
>>> Sure, but why would you ever switch from one to the other?
>> The guest uses the raw TSC and systemtime = 0 until suspend.  After
>> resume, the TSC certainly increases at the same rate as before, but the
>> raw TSC restarted counting from 0 and systemtime has increased slower
>> than the guest kvmclock.
> Wait, are we talking about the host's NTP or the guest's NTP?
> If it's the host's, then wouldn't systemtime be reset after resume to
> the NTP corrected value?  If so, the guest wouldn't see time go
> backwards.
> If it's the guest's, then the guest's NTP correction is applied on top
> of kvmclock, and this shouldn't matter.
> I still feel like I'm missing something very basic here.

OK, I think I get it.

Marcelo, I thought that kvmclock was supposed to propagate the host's
correction to the guest.  If it did, indeed, propagate the correction
then, after resume, the host's new system_time would match the guest's
idea of it (after accounting for the guest's long nap), and I don't
think there would be a problem.

That being said, I can't find the code in the masterclock stuff that
would actually do this.

If, on the other hand, the host's NTP correction is not supposed to
propagate to the guest, then shouldn't KVM just update system_time on
resume to whatever the guest would think it had (which I think would
be equivalent to the host's CLOCK_MONOTONIC_RAW value, possibly
shifted by some per-guest constant offset).

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