[SeaBIOS] QEMU fw_cfg DMA interface
markmb at redhat.com
Thu Aug 6 11:00:16 CET 2015
Implementation of the FW CFG DMA interface.
When running a Linux guest on top of QEMU, using the -kernel options, this
is the timing improvement for x86:
QEMU commit 2be4f242b50a8 and SeaBIOS commit 908a58c1d5ff
QEMU startup time: .078
BIOS startup time: .060
Kernel setup time: .578
Total time: .716
QEMU with this patch series and SeaBIOS with this patch series
QEMU startup time: .080
BIOS startup time: .039
Kernel setup time: .002
Total time: .121
QEMU startup time is the time between the start and the first kvm_entry.
BIOS startup time is the time between the first kvm_entry and the start of
function do_boot, in SeaBIOS.
Kernel setup time is the time between the start of the function do_boot in
SeaBIOS and the jump to the Linux kernel.
As you can see, both the BIOS (because of ACPI tables and other configurations)
and the Linux kernel boot (because of the copy to memory) are greatly
improved with this new interface.
Also, this new interface is an addon to the old interface. Both interfaces
are compatible and interchangeable.
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