Commit a5d5f328 authored by Juergen Gross's avatar Juergen Gross
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xen: allocate page for shared info page from low memory

In a HVM guest the kernel allocates the page for mapping the shared
info structure via extend_brk() today. This will lead to a drop of
performance as the underlying EPT entry will have to be split up into
4kB entries as the single shared info page is located in hypervisor

The issue has been detected by using the libmicro munmap test:
unmapping 8kB of memory was faster by nearly a factor of two when no
pv interfaces were active in the HVM guest.

So instead of taking a page from memory which might be mapped via
large EPT entries use a page which is already mapped via a 4kB EPT
entry: we can take a page from the first 1MB of memory as the video
memory at 640kB disallows using larger EPT entries.
Signed-off-by: default avatarJuergen Gross <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarBoris Ostrovsky <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarJuergen Gross <>
parent 1a3fc2c4
#include <linux/cpu.h>
#include <linux/kexec.h>
#include <linux/memblock.h>
#include <xen/features.h>
#include <xen/events.h>
......@@ -10,9 +11,11 @@
#include <asm/reboot.h>
#include <asm/setup.h>
#include <asm/hypervisor.h>
#include <asm/e820/api.h>
#include <asm/xen/cpuid.h>
#include <asm/xen/hypervisor.h>
#include <asm/xen/page.h>
#include "xen-ops.h"
#include "mmu.h"
......@@ -21,19 +24,33 @@
void __ref xen_hvm_init_shared_info(void)
struct xen_add_to_physmap xatp;
static struct shared_info *shared_info_page;
u64 pa;
if (HYPERVISOR_shared_info == &xen_dummy_shared_info) {
* Search for a free page starting at 4kB physical address.
* Low memory is preferred to avoid an EPT large page split up
* by the mapping.
* Starting below X86_RESERVE_LOW (usually 64kB) is fine as
* the BIOS used for HVM guests is well behaved and won't
* clobber memory other than the first 4kB.
for (pa = PAGE_SIZE;
!e820__mapped_all(pa, pa + PAGE_SIZE, E820_TYPE_RAM) ||
pa += PAGE_SIZE)
memblock_reserve(pa, PAGE_SIZE);
HYPERVISOR_shared_info = __va(pa);
if (!shared_info_page)
shared_info_page = (struct shared_info *)
extend_brk(PAGE_SIZE, PAGE_SIZE);
xatp.domid = DOMID_SELF;
xatp.idx = 0; = XENMAPSPACE_shared_info;
xatp.gpfn = __pa(shared_info_page) >> PAGE_SHIFT;
xatp.gpfn = virt_to_pfn(HYPERVISOR_shared_info);
if (HYPERVISOR_memory_op(XENMEM_add_to_physmap, &xatp))
HYPERVISOR_shared_info = (struct shared_info *)shared_info_page;
static void __init init_hvm_pv_info(void)
......@@ -89,8 +89,6 @@
void *xen_initial_gdt;
RESERVE_BRK(shared_info_page_brk, PAGE_SIZE);
static int xen_cpu_up_prepare_pv(unsigned int cpu);
static int xen_cpu_dead_pv(unsigned int cpu);
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