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Re: [Xen-devel] Poor HVM performance with 8 vcpus

  • To: Gianluca Guida <gianluca.guida@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • From: Juergen Gross <juergen.gross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 08 Oct 2009 09:10:55 +0200
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Gianluca Guida wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 8:55 AM, Juergen Gross
> <juergen.gross@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> we've got massive performance problems running a 8 vcpu HVM-guest (BS2000)
>> under XEN (xen 3.3.1).
>> With a specific benchmark producing a rather high load on memory management
>> operations (lots of process creation/deletion and memory allocation) the 8
>> vcpu performance was worse than the 4 vcpu performance. On other platforms
>> (/390, MIPS, SPARC) this benchmark scaled rather well with the number of 
>> cpus.
>> The result of the usage of the software performance counters of XEN seemed
>> to point to the shadow lock being the reason. I modified the Hypervisor to
>> gather some lock statistics (patch will be sent soon) and found that the
>> shadow lock is really the bottleneck. On average 4 vcpus are waiting to get
>> the lock!
>> Is this a known issue?
> Acutally, I think so. The OOS optimization is widely known not to be
> too scalable at 8vcpus in the current state, since its weak point is
> the CR3 switching time increasing linearly with the number of cpus. If
> you have lot of processes switches together with lot of PTE writings
> (as it seems to be the case for your benchmark) then that's probably
> the cause.
> Could you try disabling the OOS optimization from the

First performance data looks okay!
We will have to run different benchmarks in different configurations, but I
think you gave an excellent hint. :-)


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