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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH v5 3/3] Force auto-convegence of live migrat

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH v5 3/3] Force auto-convegence of live migration
Date: Sun, 12 May 2013 19:19:44 +0200
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Il 10/05/2013 17:11, Anthony Liguori ha scritto:
> Chegu Vinod <address@hidden> writes:
>> On 5/10/2013 6:07 AM, Anthony Liguori wrote:
>>> Chegu Vinod <address@hidden> writes:
>>>>   If a user chooses to turn on the auto-converge migration capability
>>>>   these changes detect the lack of convergence and throttle down the
>>>>   guest. i.e. force the VCPUs out of the guest for some duration
>>>>   and let the migration thread catchup and help converge.
>>>>   Verified the convergence using the following :
>>>>   - SpecJbb2005 workload running on a 20VCPU/256G guest(~80% busy)
>>>>   - OLTP like workload running on a 80VCPU/512G guest (~80% busy)
>>>>   Sample results with SpecJbb2005 workload : (migrate speed set to 20Gb and
>>>>   migrate downtime set to 4seconds).
>>> Would it make sense to separate out the "slow the VCPU down" part of
>>> this?
>>> That would give a management tool more flexibility to create policies
>>> around slowing the VCPU down to encourage migration.
>> I believe one can always enhance libvirt tools to monitor the migration 
>> statistics and control the shares/entitlements of the vcpus via 
>> cgroups..thereby slowing the guest down to allow for convergence  (I had 
>> that listed in my earlier versions of the patches as an option and also 
>> noted that it requires external (i.e. tool driven) monitoring and 
>> triggers...and that this alternative was kind of automatic after the 
>> initial setting of the capability).
>> Is that what you meant by your comment above (or) are you talking about 
>> something outside the scope of cgroups and from an implementation point 
>> of view also outside the migration code path...i.e. a new knob that an 
>> external tool can use to just throttle down the vcpus of a guest ?
> I'm saying, a knob to throttle the guest vcpus within QEMU that could be
> used by management tools to encourage convergence.
> For instance, consider an imaginary "vcpu_throttle" command that took a
> number between 0 and 1 that throttled VCPU performance accordingly.
> Then migration would look like:
> 0) throttle = 1.0
> 1) call migrate command to start migration
> 2) query progress until you decide you aren't converging
> 3) throttle *= 0.75; call vcpu_throttle $throttle
> 4) goto (2)
> Now I'm not opposed to a series like this that adds this sort of policy
> to QEMU itself too but I want to make sure the pieces are exposed for a
> management tool to implement its own policies too.

Note that QEMU can also throttle VCPUs as they dirty guest memory,
rather than based on CPU time.  That's not something that management
cannot do (you can approximate it based on the recent history if you
provide dirtying statistics, but it's not the same thing).


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