KVM Brings Some Improvements To Linux 3.20
Written by Michael Larabel in Virtualization on 13 February 2015 at 08:56 AM EST. 1 Comment
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Paolo Bonzini has sent in the KVM pull request for the Linux 3.20 kernel and it includes some interesting changes and features for this important piece of the open-source Linux virtualization stack.

Highlights of the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) updates for Linux 3.20 include:

- A new optional feature to add a small amount of polling on each executed HLT instruction in the guest, for improving latency by up to 50% for some scenarios. Right now this is a feature that needs to be manually toggled but in the future could be auto-tuned.

- KVM on ARM/AArch64 now supports GICv3 emulation and dirty page tracking. GICv3 is a new version of ARM interrupt controllers introduced last year to the Linux kernel that allow supporting more than eight CPUs, message-based interrupts, and other capabilities.

- Optimizations and fixes for s390 architecture.

- KVM for x86 in Linux 3.20 has support for Page Modification Logging, a new feature of Intel "Broadwell" Xeons tp speed up dirty page tracking.

- Nested virtualization improvements/optimizations for KVM on x86.

More details on the KVM changes for the Linux 3.20 kernel can be found via this pull request.
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