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[Xen-users] Re: Xen is a feature

* Avi Kivity <avi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Ingo Molnar wrote:
>>> There is in fact a way to get dom0 support with nearly no changes to 
>>> Linux, but it involves massive changes to Xen itself and requires 
>>> hardware support: run dom0 as a fully virtualized guest, and assign 
>>> it all the resources dom0 can access.  It's probably a massive effort 
>>> though.
>>> I've considered it for kvm when faced with the "I want a thin  
>>> hypervisor" question: compile the hypervisor kernel with PCI support 
>>> but nothing else (no CONFIG_BLOCK or CONFIG_NET, no device drivers), 
>>> load userspace from initramfs, and assign host devices to one or more 
>>> privileged guests.  You could probably run the host with a heavily 
>>> stripped configuration, and enjoy the slimness while every interrupt 
>>> invokes the scheduler, a context switch, and maybe an IPI for good 
>>> measure.
>> This would be an acceptable model i suspect, if someone wants a 'slim 
>> hypervisor'.
>> We can context switch way faster than we handle IRQs. Plus in a  
>> slimmed-down config we could intentionally slim down aspects of the  
>> scheduler as well, if it ever became a measurable performance issue.  
>> The hypervisor would run a minimal user-space and most of the  
>> context-switching overhead relates to having a full-fledged user-space 
>> with rich requirements. So there's no real conceptual friction between 
>> a 'lean and mean' hypervisor and a full-featured native kernel.
> The context switch would be taken by the Xen scheduler, not the Linux  
> scheduler. [...]

The 'slim hypervisor' model i was suggesting was a slimmed down 
_Linux_ kernel.


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