I'm running an Ubuntu 16.04 server with KVM/libvirt/qemu and Windows 10 virtual machine. After upgrading Windows 10 to the latest 1803 version (April 2018 Update), i noticed a slowdown in the VM responsiveness and a too high CPU load in the host. The tests I did:
- "top" used on the host reports that the qemu-system-x86 process is taking 38-44% of CPU, while the VM is idle and reporting 4-6% of load inside windows process manager. When windows shows 50% of CPU load, the host shows 150-200% cpu load for the qemu-system-x86 process. This 8-10x increase in host CPU load does not occur with the old windows 10 1709 VM.
- "dstat" on the host reports a lot of system->csw, about 13k.
- I tested another system with the same setup with an AMD FX-4300, Ubuntu 17.10 dekstop + kvm, upgraded windows 10 to 1803 and I have the same problem of high host CPU and dstat-csw also on this machine.
- I took a third machine with an intel core i7, installed a new Ubuntu 18.04 desktop + kvm, installed a fresh new Windows 10, installed Virtio drivers available from here and I have the same high cpu problem.
What can I do? Am I using the right virtio drivers?