On Mon, Aug 07, 2017 at 09:52:24AM -0600, Alex Williamson wrote:
> I wonder if it has something to do
> with the link speed/width advertised on the switch port. I don't think
> the endpoint can actually downshift the physical link, so lspci on the
> host should probably still show the full bandwidth capability, but
> maybe the driver is somehow doing rate limiting. PCIe gets a little
> more complicated as we go to newer versions, so it's not quite as
> simple as exposing a different bit configuration to advertise 8GT/s,
> x16. Last I tried to do link matching it was deemed too complicated
> for something I couldn't prove at the time had measurable value. This
> might be a good way to prove that value if it makes a difference here.
> I can't think why else you'd see such a performance difference, but
> testing to see if the KVM exit rate is significantly different could
> still be an interesting verification.
It might be easiest to just dust off that patch and see whether it