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Re: [Qemu-devel] [dpdk-dev] dpdk/vpp and cross-version migration for vho

From: Kevin Traynor
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [dpdk-dev] dpdk/vpp and cross-version migration for vhost
Date: Thu, 24 Nov 2016 09:30:49 +0000
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On 11/24/2016 06:31 AM, Yuanhan Liu wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 22, 2016 at 04:53:05PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>>>> You keep assuming that you have the VM started first and
>>>> figure out things afterwards, but this does not work.
>>>> Think about a cluster of machines. You want to start a VM in
>>>> a way that will ensure compatibility with all hosts
>>>> in a cluster.
>>> I see. I was more considering about the case when the dst
>>> host (including the qemu and dpdk combo) is given, and
>>> then determine whether it will be a successfull migration
>>> or not.
>>> And you are asking that we need to know which host could
>>> be a good candidate before starting the migration. In such
>>> case, we indeed need some inputs from both the qemu and
>>> vhost-user backend.
>>> For DPDK, I think it could be simple, just as you said, it
>>> could be either a tiny script, or even a macro defined in
>>> the source code file (we extend it every time we add a
>>> new feature) to let the libvirt to read it. Or something
>>> else.
>> There's the issue of APIs that tweak features as Maxime
>> suggested.
> Yes, it's a good point.
>> Maybe the only thing to do is to deprecate it,
> Looks like so.
>> but I feel some way for application to pass info into
>> guest might be benefitial.
> The two APIs are just for tweaking feature bits DPDK supports before
> any device got connected. It's another way to disable some features
> (the another obvious way is to through QEMU command lines).
> IMO, it's bit handy only in a case like: we have bunch of VMs. Instead
> of disabling something though qemu one by one, we could disable it
> once in DPDK.
> But I doubt the useful of it. It's only used in DPDK's vhost example
> after all. Nor is it used in vhost pmd, neither is it used in OVS.

rte_vhost_feature_disable() is currently used in OVS, lib/netdev-dpdk.c

    static struct ovsthread_once once = OVSTHREAD_ONCE_INITIALIZER;

    /* This function can be called for different classes.  The
     * needs to be done only once */
    if (ovsthread_once_start(&once)) {
        rte_vhost_feature_disable(1ULL << VIRTIO_NET_F_HOST_TSO4
                                  | 1ULL << VIRTIO_NET_F_HOST_TSO6
                                  | 1ULL << VIRTIO_NET_F_CSUM);

>>>> If you don't, guest visible interface will change
>>>> and you won't be able to migrate.
>>>> It does not make sense to discuss feature bits specifically
>>>> since that is not the only part of interface.
>>>> For example, max ring size supported might change.
>>> I don't quite understand why we have to consider the max ring
>>> size here? Isn't it a virtio device attribute, that QEMU could
>>> provide such compatibility information?
>>> I mean, DPDK is supposed to support vary vring size, it's QEMU
>>> to give a specifc value.
>> If backend supports s/g of any size up to 2^16, there's no issue.
> I don't know others, but I see no issues in DPDK.
>> ATM some backends might be assuming up to 1K s/g since
>> QEMU never supported bigger ones. We might classify this
>> as a bug, or not and add a feature flag.
>> But it's just an example. There might be more values at issue
>> in the future.
> Yeah, maybe. But we could analysis it one by one.
>>>> Let me describe how it works in qemu/libvirt.
>>>> When you install a VM, you can specify compatibility
>>>> level (aka "machine type"), and you can query the supported compatibility
>>>> levels. Management uses that to find the supported compatibility
>>>> and stores the compatibility in XML that is migrated with the VM.
>>>> There's also a way to find the latest level which is the
>>>> default unless overridden by user, again this level
>>>> is recorded and then
>>>> - management can make sure migration destination is compatible
>>>> - management can avoid migration to hosts without that support
>>> Thanks for the info, it helps.
>>> ...
>>>>>>>> As version here is an opaque string for libvirt and qemu,
>>>>>>>> anything can be used - but I suggest either a list
>>>>>>>> of values defining the interface, e.g.
>>>>>>>> any_layout=on,max_ring=256
>>>>>>>> or a version including the name and vendor of the backend,
>>>>>>>> e.g. "org.dpdk.v4.5.6".
>>> The version scheme may not be ideal here. Assume a QEMU is supposed
>>> to work with a specific DPDK version, however, user may disable some
>>> newer features through qemu command line, that it also could work with
>>> an elder DPDK version. Using the version scheme will not allow us doing
>>> such migration to an elder DPDK version. The MTU is a lively example
>>> here? (when MTU feature is provided by QEMU but is actually disabled
>>> by user, that it could also work with an elder DPDK without MTU support).
>>>     --yliu
>> OK, so does a list of values look better to you then?
> Yes, if there are no better way.
> And I think it may be better to not list all those features, literally.
> But instead, using the number should be better, say, features=0xdeadbeef.
> Listing the feature names means we have to come to an agreement in all
> components involved here (QEMU, libvirt, DPDK, VPP, and maybe more
> backends), that we have to use the exact same feature names. Though it
> may not be a big deal, it lacks some flexibility.
> A feature bits will not have this issue.
>       --yliu
>>>>>>>> Note that typically the list of supported versions can only be
>>>>>>>> extended, not shrunk. Also, if the host/guest interface
>>>>>>>> does not change, don't change the current version as
>>>>>>>> this just creates work for everyone.
>>>>>>>> Thoughts? Would this work well for management? dpdk? vpp?
>>>>>>>> Thanks!
>>>>>>>> --
>>>>>>>> MST

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