Advance lapic timer tries to hidden the hypervisor overhead between the host emulated timer fires and the guest awares the timer is fired. However, it just hidden the time between apic_timer_fn/handle_preemption_timer -> wait_lapic_expire, instead of the real position of vmentry which is mentioned in the orignial commit d0659d946be0 ("KVM: x86: add option to advance tscdeadline hrtimer expiration"). There is 700+ cpu cycles between the end of wait_lapic_expire and before world switch on my haswell desktop.
This patchset tries to narrow the last gap(wait_lapic_expire -> world switch), it takes the real overhead time between apic_timer_fn/handle_preemption_timer and before world switch into consideration when adaptively tuning timer advancement. The patchset can reduce 40% latency (~1600+ cycles to ~1000+ cycles on a haswell desktop) for kvm-unit-tests/tscdeadline_latency when testing busy waits. v2 -> v3: * expose 'kvm_timer.timer_advance_ns' to userspace * move the tracepoint below guest_exit_irqoff() * move wait_lapic_expire() before flushing the L1 v1 -> v2: * fix indent in patch 1/4 * remove the wait_lapic_expire() tracepoint and expose by debugfs * move the call to wait_lapic_expire() into vmx.c and svm.c Wanpeng Li (5): KVM: LAPIC: Extract adaptive tune timer advancement logic KVM: LAPIC: Fix lapic_timer_advance_ns parameter overflow KVM: LAPIC: Expose per-vCPU timer_advance_ns to userspace KVM: LAPIC: Delay trace advance expire delta KVM: LAPIC: Optimize timer latency further arch/x86/kvm/debugfs.c | 16 +++++++++++++ arch/x86/kvm/lapic.c | 62 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--------------------- arch/x86/kvm/lapic.h | 3 ++- arch/x86/kvm/svm.c | 4 ++++ arch/x86/kvm/vmx/vmx.c | 4 ++++ arch/x86/kvm/x86.c | 7 +++--- 6 files changed, 65 insertions(+), 31 deletions(-) -- 2.7.4