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2018-Q3 release of KVMGT (Intel GVT-g for KVM)

BY Hongbo Wang ON Oct 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce an update of Intel GVT-g for KVM.

 

Intel GVT-g for KVM (a.k.a. KVMGT) is a full GPU virtualization solution with mediated pass-through, starting from 5th generation Intel Core(TM) processors with Intel processor graphics.  A virtual GPU instance is maintained for each VM, with part of performance critical resources directly assigned. The capability of running native graphics driver inside a VM, without hypervisor intervention in performance critical paths, achieves a good balance among performance, feature, and sharing capability.

 

Repositories:

-    Kernel: https://github.com/01org/gvt-linux  (tag: 2018-q3-gvt-stable-4.17)

-    Qemu: https://github.com/01org/igvtg-qemu  (tag: 2018-q3-stable-2.10.2)

 

Platform Support:

-    Server platforms: Intel(r) Xeon(r) E3_v4, E3_v5 and E3_v6 with Intel Graphics processor

-    Client platforms: Intel(r) Core(tm) 5th generation (code name: Broadwell), 6th generation (code name: Skylake) and 7th generation (code name: Kabylake)

-    SoC platform: 7th SoC generation (code name: Broxton)

 

Guest Operation System Validated:

-    Windows7 32-bit, Window7 64-bit and Windows8.1 64-bit with Intel Windows Graphics Driver version 15.45, Windows10 64-bit with Intel Windows Graphics Driver version 25.20.100.6326.

-    Ubuntu 18.04 64-bit

 

Major Changes since Q1’2018 Release:

-    This release is based on Kernel version 4.17 and Qemu version 2.12. 

-    Broxton platform preliminary support is implemented.

-    Stability of dma-buf feature is improved with some GPU reset issues be fixed.

-    vGPU command parsing is optimized.

-    More bug fixings and code refinements, please refer to codes' git log.

 

Limitation or known issues:

-    Due to graphics hardware resource limitation, the maximum number of Windows VM is 7.

-    The pre-defined type 1, 2 or 4 of vGPU must be created for VM to install Windows 7 32-bit. vGPU type 8 is not allocated to have enough graphics resource to support Windows 7 32-bit.

-    Some 3rd party applications/tools like GPU_Z, Passmark 9.0 running in Windows VM may meet BSOD error. The workaround is to add “kvm.ignore_msrs=1” in host kernel’s command line to avoid this.

-    There are still instability issues about Guest VM stability while the IOMMU feature is enabled on a few Broadwell and Kabylake machines. The workaround is to turn off IOMMU on Intel graphics device by adding “intel_iommu=igfx_off”  in Host kernel’s command line.

-    Windows 10 virtual machine with Intel Windows graphics drivers ealier than version 25.20.100.6326 may meet black screen or VM crash on executing GPU workloads.

 

 

Useful links:

-    Setup guide:

https://github.com/01org/gvt-linux/wiki/GVTg_Setup_Guide

 

-    New upstream architecture design introduction:

https://01.org/igvt-g/documentation/intel-gvt-g-new-architecture-introduction

 

-    Please subscribe to join the mailing list if you want to learn more about GVT-g project:

https://lists.01.org/mailman/listinfo/igvt-g

 

-    Please subscribe to join the mailing list if you want to contribute/review latest GVT-g upstream patches:

https://lists.freedesktop.org/mailman/listinfo/intel-gvt-dev

 

-    Official GVT-g portal:

https://01.org/igvt-g

 

-    More information about background, architecture and others about Intel GVT-g, can be found at:

http://www.linux-kvm.org/images/f/f3/01x08b-KVMGT-a.pdf

https://www.usenix.org/conference/atc14/technical-sessions/presentation/tian

 

 

Important Note:

The KVMGT project should be considered a work in progress. As such it is not a complete product nor should it be considered one. Extra care should be taken when testing and configuring a system to use the KVMGT project.