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[Xen-devel] RE: blue screen in windows balloon driver

Thanks for fixing the POD. It's is better make it earlier to avoid crash.
The meminfo is written every 1 seconds into xenstore dir /local/domain/did/memory/meminfo.
And to avoid to many writes, only the memory changes large than 5M, the thread will do the write.
As for userspace daemon, it is our first choice, but we found it xenstore daemon in dom0 comsume
many CPU(we test in linux only), so we decide to move it into driver.
I've done merge my code with latest changeset 866, and do the stree test later.
many thanks.
> Subject: RE: RE: blue screen in windows balloon driver
> Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:25:28 +1100
> From: james.harper@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: tinnycloud@xxxxxxxxxxx; xen-devel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> CC: george.dunlap@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Thanks James.
> >
> > I think it is GPLPV. The driver is from
> http://xenbits.xen.org/ext/win-
> > pvdrivers.hg
> > But, I have done some other things
> >
> > 1) Add pod support
> > 2) enable a meminfo thread, periodically write VM meminfo into
> xenstore
> > We use info of Current Memory, Free memory, and Committed memory,
> retrived
> > through NativeAPI
> > 3) our code is based from changeset 823, attached is the diff of my
> current
> > code with changset of 853.
> >
> > Maybe I need add my code to 853, and test again.
> > Thanks.
> >
> As per other post, I have just committed some patches and PoD should now
> be working properly. I can start a DomU with 4GB of maxmem but only
> 128MB of populated memory without any problems. This now works because I
> do the initial balloon down in DriverEntry, way before xenpci does
> anything else. Before it would blow up in DriverEntry. I think I
> determine the amount to initially balloon down a little differently from
> you too.
> It takes a while to balloon down the memory though... I think Windows
> tends to delay large allocations or something, because ballooning up
> again is pretty much instant.
> How often are you writing meminfo stuff into xenstore? Could you do that
> in userspace (the interface to xenstore exists and seems to work well
> although it's a little tedious)? You would then be able to just run it
> as a service and not need to patch GPLPV.>
> James
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