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[Qemu-devel] Re: [RFC] allow multi-core guests: introduce cores= option

From: Gleb Natapov
Subject: [Qemu-devel] Re: [RFC] allow multi-core guests: introduce cores= option to -cpu
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2009 18:04:07 +0300

On Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 05:53:17PM +0300, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 07/05/2009 04:23 PM, Alexander Graf wrote:
>>> I thought of using -smp [processors=]2,cores=4,threads=2 (for a total 
>>> of 16 threads), but I think it makes more sense with -cpu.
>> I actually think putting this in -smp makes more sense. -cpu really  
>> shouldn't need to be touched by normal users and as long as you can  
>> either -cpu host or -cpu safe that should be enough.
> Maybe.  But in that case -cpu core2duo should imply cores=2 and -smp 2  
> -cpu core2duo will bring up 4 cores spread across two sockets.
core2duo does not imply 2 cores. OSes use cpuid to discover this

>> But then again maybe we should replace -smp with something more useful  
>> like -numa where you'd then specify #CPUs, #cores, mem-cpu connection,  
>> etc.
> I'd prefer -numa to specify the memory topology (and connections of  
> sockets to memory nodes), and -smp or -cpu to specify the intra-socket  
> topology.
I agree. -numa is a different story. It is possible to have zillion
socket setup without numa at all.


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