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Re: [Qemu-devel] [Bug 992067] Re: Windows 2008R2 very slow cold boot whe
Re: [Qemu-devel] [Bug 992067] Re: Windows 2008R2 very slow cold boot when >4GB memory
Mon, 23 Jul 2012 12:07:02 +0100
We have been experiencing this problem for a while now too, using qemu-kvm
(currently at 1.1.1).
Unfortunately, hv_relaxed doesn't seem to fix it. The following command line
produces the issue:
qemu-kvm -nodefaults -m 4096 -smp 8 -cpu host,hv_relaxed -vga cirrus -usbdevice
tablet -vnc :99 -monitor stdio -hda
The hardware consists of dual AMD Opteron 6128 processors (16 cores in total)
and 64GB of memory. This command line was tested on kernel 3.1.4.
I've also tested with -no-hpet.
What I have seen is much as described: the memory fills out slowly, and top on
the host will show the process using
100% on all allocated CPU cores. The most extreme case was a machine which took
something between 6 and 8 hours to boot.
This seems to be related to the assigned memory, as described, but also the
number of processor cores (which makes
sense if we believe it's a timing issue?). I have seen slow-booting guests
improved by switching down to a single or even two cores.
Matthew, I agree that this seems to be linked to the number of VMs running - in
fact, shutting down other VMs on a dedicated test host caused the machine to
start booting at a normal speed (with no reboot required).
However, the level of contention is never such that this could be explained by
the host simply being overcommitted.
If it helps anyone, there's an image of the hard drive I've been using to test
It's 5G of gzip file containing a fairly standard Windows 2008 trial
installation. Since it's in the trial period, anyone who wants to use it may
have to re-arm the trial: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948472
Please let me know if I can provide any more information, or test anything.
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