From: Jes Sorensen on
On 05/31/10 09:46, Rusty Russell wrote:
> On Thu, 27 May 2010 05:20:35 am Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>> Here's a rewrite of the original patch with a new layout.
>> I haven't tested it yet so no idea how this performs, but
>> I think this addresses the cache bounce issue raised by Avi.
>> Posting for early flames/comments.
> Sorry, not without some evidence that it'll actually reduce cacheline
> bouncing. I *think* it will, but it's not obvious: the host may keep
> looking at avail_idx as we're updating last_seen. Or does qemu always
> look at both together anyway?
> Can someone convince me this is a win?
> Rusty.

Hi Rusty,

I ran some tests using the vring index publish patch with virtio_blk.
The numbers are based on running IOZone on a ramdisk passed to the guest
via virtio. While I didn't see any throughput improvements, I saw a
20-30% reduction in the VMExit count for the full run. This was measured
grabbing the VMExit count prior and after the run and calculating the

I have the numbers in a PDF, so I will email it to you in private as I
don't like sending PDFs to the mailing list. However if anybody else
wants the numbers feel free to ping me off list and I'll forward them.


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