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Re: [RFC PATCH 00/26] Runtime paravirt patching

Ankur Arora <ankur.a.arora@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> A KVM host (or another hypervisor) might advertise paravirtualized
> features and optimization hints (ex KVM_HINTS_REALTIME) which might
> become stale over the lifetime of the guest. For instance, the
> host might go from being undersubscribed to being oversubscribed
> (or the other way round) and it would make sense for the guest
> switch pv-ops based on that.

If your host changes his advertised behaviour then you want to fix the
host setup or find a competent admin.

> This lockorture splat that I saw on the guest while testing this is
> indicative of the problem:
>   [ 1136.461522] watchdog: BUG: soft lockup - CPU#8 stuck for 22s! 
> [lock_torture_wr:12865]
>   [ 1136.461542] CPU: 8 PID: 12865 Comm: lock_torture_wr Tainted: G W L 
> 5.4.0-rc7+ #77
>   [ 1136.461546] RIP: 0010:native_queued_spin_lock_slowpath+0x15/0x220
> (Caused by an oversubscribed host but using mismatched native pv_lock_ops
> on the gues.)

And this illustrates what? The fact that you used a misconfigured setup.

> This series addresses the problem by doing paravirt switching at
> runtime.

You're not addressing the problem. Your fixing the symptom, which is
wrong to begin with.

> The alternative use-case is a runtime version of apply_alternatives()
> (not posted with this patch-set) that can be used for some safe subset
> of X86_FEATUREs. This could be useful in conjunction with the ongoing
> late microcode loading work that Mihai Carabas and others have been
> working on.

This has been discussed to death before and there is no safe subset as
long as this hasn't been resolved:






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