KVM_HALT_POLL_NS_DEFAULT is an arch specific constant which sets the
default value of the halt_poll_ns kvm module parameter which determines
the global maximum halt polling interval.
The current value for powerpc is 500000 (500us) which means that any
repetitive workload with a period of less than that can drive the cpu
usage to 100% where it may have been mostly idle without halt polling.
This presents the possibility of a large increase in power usage with
a comparatively small performance benefit.
Reduce the default to 10000 (10us) and a user can tune this themselves
to set their affinity for halt polling based on the trade off between power
and performance which they are willing to make.
Signed-off-by: Suraj Jitindar Singh <sjitindarsi...@gmail.com>
arch/powerpc/include/asm/kvm_host.h | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
diff --git a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/kvm_host.h
index 28350a2..037b6a1 100644
@@ -48,7 +48,7 @@
#define KVM_COALESCED_MMIO_PAGE_OFFSET 1
-#define KVM_HALT_POLL_NS_DEFAULT 500000
+#define KVM_HALT_POLL_NS_DEFAULT 10000 /* 10 us */
/* These values are internal and can be increased later */
#define KVM_NR_IRQCHIPS 1
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