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Revisiting hardware-assisted page walks for virtualized systems

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Revisiting hardware-assisted page walks for virtualized systems
Recent improvements in architectural supports for virtualization have extended traditional hardware page walkers to traverse nested page tables. However, current twodimensional (2D) page walkers have been designed under the assumption that the usage patterns of guest and nested page tables are similar. In this paper, we revisit the architectural supports for nested page table walks to incorporate the unique characteristics of memory management by hypervisors. Unlike page tables in native systems, nested page table sizes do not impose significant overheads on the overall memory usage. Based on this observation, we propose to use flat nested page tables to reduce unnecessary memory references for nested walks. A competing mechanism to HW 2D page walkers is shadow paging, which duplicates guest page tables but provides direct translations from guest virtual to system physical addresses. However, shadow paging has been suffering from the overheads of synchronization between guest and sh...
Jeongseob Ahn, Seongwook Jin, Jaehyuk Huh
Added 28 Sep 2012
Updated 28 Sep 2012
Type Journal
Year 2012
Where ISCA
Authors Jeongseob Ahn, Seongwook Jin, Jaehyuk Huh
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