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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v7 1/9] x86/xpti: avoid copying L4 page table contents when possible

>>> On 12.04.18 at 20:09, <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> For mitigation of Meltdown the current L4 page table is copied to the
> cpu local root page table each time a 64 bit pv guest is entered.
> Copying can be avoided in cases where the guest L4 page table hasn't
> been modified while running the hypervisor, e.g. when handling
> interrupts or any hypercall not modifying the L4 page table or %cr3.
> So add a per-cpu flag indicating whether the copying should be
> performed and set that flag only when loading a new %cr3 or modifying
> the L4 page table.  This includes synchronization of the cpu local
> root page table with other cpus, so add a special synchronization flag
> for that case.
> A simple performance check (compiling the hypervisor via "make -j 4")
> in dom0 with 4 vcpus shows a significant improvement:
> - real time drops from 112 seconds to 103 seconds
> - system time drops from 142 seconds to 131 seconds
> Signed-off-by: Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx>
> Reviewed-by: Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxx>
> ---
> V7:
> - add missing flag setting in shadow code

This now needs an ack from Tim (now Cc-ed).


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