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3 files changed, 41 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt b/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
index 89a47b5aff0..04e6c819b28 100644
--- a/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
+++ b/Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt
@@ -451,3 +451,33 @@ Why: OSS sound_core grabs all legacy minors (0-255) of SOUND_MAJOR
will also allow making ALSA OSS emulation independent of
sound_core. The dependency will be broken then too.
Who: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>
+What: Support for VMware's guest paravirtuliazation technique [VMI] will be
+ dropped.
+When: 2.6.37 or earlier.
+Why: With the recent innovations in CPU hardware acceleration technologies
+ from Intel and AMD, VMware ran a few experiments to compare these
+ techniques to guest paravirtualization technique on VMware's platform.
+ These hardware assisted virtualization techniques have outperformed the
+ performance benefits provided by VMI in most of the workloads. VMware
+ expects that these hardware features will be ubiquitous in a couple of
+ years, as a result, VMware has started a phased retirement of this
+ feature from the hypervisor. We will be removing this feature from the
+ Kernel too. Right now we are targeting 2.6.37 but can retire earlier if
+ technical reasons (read opportunity to remove major chunk of pvops)
+ arise.
+ Please note that VMI has always been an optimization and non-VMI kernels
+ still work fine on VMware's platform.
+ Latest versions of VMware's product which support VMI are,
+ Workstation 7.0 and VSphere 4.0 on ESX side, future maintainence
+ releases for these products will continue supporting VMI.
+ For more details about VMI retirement take a look at this,
+ http://blogs.vmware.com/guestosguide/2009/09/vmi-retirement.html
+Who: Alok N Kataria <akataria@vmware.com>
diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
index c876bace8fd..07e01149e3b 100644
--- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
@@ -491,7 +491,7 @@ if PARAVIRT_GUEST
source "arch/x86/xen/Kconfig"
config VMI
- bool "VMI Guest support"
+ bool "VMI Guest support (DEPRECATED)"
depends on X86_32
@@ -500,6 +500,15 @@ config VMI
at the moment), by linking the kernel to a GPL-ed ROM module
provided by the hypervisor.
+ As of September 2009, VMware has started a phased retirement
+ of this feature from VMware's products. Please see
+ feature-removal-schedule.txt for details. If you are
+ planning to enable this option, please note that you cannot
+ live migrate a VMI enabled VM to a future VMware product,
+ which doesn't support VMI. So if you expect your kernel to
+ seamlessly migrate to newer VMware products, keep this
+ disabled.
config KVM_CLOCK
bool "KVM paravirtualized clock"
diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/vmi_32.c b/arch/x86/kernel/vmi_32.c
index 31e6f6cfe53..d430e4c3019 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/vmi_32.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/vmi_32.c
@@ -648,7 +648,7 @@ static inline int __init activate_vmi(void)
pv_info.paravirt_enabled = 1;
pv_info.kernel_rpl = kernel_cs & SEGMENT_RPL_MASK;
- pv_info.name = "vmi";
+ pv_info.name = "vmi [deprecated]";
pv_init_ops.patch = vmi_patch;