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Re: [Qemu-devel] Live migration broken when under heavy IO

From: Glauber Costa
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] Live migration broken when under heavy IO
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2009 17:48:52 -0300
User-agent: Jack Bauer

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 03:33:41PM -0500, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> The basic issue is that:
> migrate_fd_put_ready():    bdrv_flush_all();
> Does:
> block.c:
> foreach block driver:
>   drv->flush(bs);
> Which in the case of raw, is just fsync(s->fd).
> Any submitted request is not queued or flushed which will lead to the  
> request being dropped after the live migration.
you mean any request submitted _after_ that is not queued, right?

> Is anyone working on fixing this?  Does anyone have a clever idea how to  
> fix this without just waiting for all IO requests to complete?
If I understood you correctly, we could do something in the lines of dirty
tracking for I/O devices.

use register_savevm_live() instead of register_savevm() for those, and
keep doing passes until we reach stage 3, for some criteria. We can then
just flush the remaining requests on that device and mark[1] it somewhere.
We can then either stop that device, so that new requests never arrive,
or stop the VM entirely.

[1] By mark, I mean the verb "to mark", not our dear friend Mark McLaughing.

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