Bug 606981 - qemu-kvm using CPU when vm is paused
Summary: qemu-kvm using CPU when vm is paused
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Classification: Red Hat
Component: qemu-kvm
Version: 6.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
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Assignee: Virtualization Maintenance
QA Contact: Virtualization Bugs
Keywords: Reopened
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-06-22 20:34 UTC by Roland McGrath
Modified: 2013-01-09 22:46 UTC (History)
18 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2011-07-07 14:03:05 UTC

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Description Roland McGrath 2010-06-22 20:34:31 UTC
Description of problem:
A paused qemu-kvm VM uses CPU time, in small amounts, but steadily without end.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel- (host and guest both)

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.virt-manager new x86_64 vm with install of Fedora 13
2.complete install, update, reboot vm, leave at gdm login prompt for some minutes
3.hit pause button in virt-manager
4.run top on host, see qemu-kvm using some CPU steadily (1-5% CPU on my box)
Actual results:
paused vm consumes CPU

Expected results:
paused vm consumes no CPU

Additional info:

I also see ksmd often using a bunch of CPU intermittently.  However, if I "service ksm stop", then ksmd goes away and qemu-kvm still uses CPU.

Comment 1 Bug Zapper 2011-06-01 15:52:16 UTC
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Comment 2 Bug Zapper 2011-06-27 18:46:04 UTC
Fedora 13 changed to end-of-life (EOL) status on 2011-06-25. Fedora 13 is 
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Comment 3 Andy Grover 2011-06-27 20:54:42 UTC
I'm seeing this issue with RHEL 6.1 as well.

Comment 5 Dor Laor 2011-07-07 14:03:05 UTC
The guest vcpus are paused. qemu-kvm has other threads running (like vncserve, monitor and some kernel threads (timer) that keeps on ticking. In theory it is possible to pause them too but I don't see the value.

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