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Added by Jan Kiszka over 13 years ago

KVM: Rework VCPU state writeback API

This grand cleanup drops all reset and vmsave/load related
synchronization points in favor of four(!) generic hooks:

- cpu_synchronize_all_states in qemu_savevm_state_complete
(initial sync from kernel before vmsave)
- cpu_synchronize_all_post_init in qemu_loadvm_state
(writeback after vmload)
- cpu_synchronize_all_post_init in main after machine init
- cpu_synchronize_all_post_reset in qemu_system_reset
(writeback after system reset)

These writeback points + the existing one of VCPU exec after
cpu_synchronize_state map on three levels of writeback:

- KVM_PUT_RUNTIME_STATE (during runtime, other VCPUs continue to run)
- KVM_PUT_RESET_STATE (on synchronous system reset, all VCPUs stopped)
- KVM_PUT_FULL_STATE (on init or vmload, all VCPUs stopped as well)

This level is passed to the arch-specific VCPU state writing function
that will decide which concrete substates need to be written. That way,
no writer of load, save or reset functions that interact with in-kernel
KVM states will ever have to worry about synchronization again. That
also means that a lot of reasons for races, segfaults and deadlocks are

cpu_synchronize_state remains untouched, just as Anthony suggested. We
continue to need it before reading or writing of VCPU states that are
also tracked by in-kernel KVM subsystems.

Consequently, this patch removes many cpu_synchronize_state calls that
are now redundant, just like remaining explicit register syncs.

Signed-off-by: Jan Kiszka <>
Signed-off-by: Marcelo Tosatti <>


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