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Re: [Qemu-devel] [Bug?] BQL about live migration

From: Paolo Bonzini
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [Bug?] BQL about live migration
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2017 14:33:05 +0100
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On 03/03/2017 14:26, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
> * Paolo Bonzini (address@hidden) wrote:
>> On 03/03/2017 14:11, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
>>> * Paolo Bonzini (address@hidden) wrote:
>>>> On 03/03/2017 13:00, Dr. David Alan Gilbert wrote:
>>>>> Ouch that's pretty nasty; I remember Paolo explaining to me a while ago 
>>>>> that
>>>>> their were times when run_on_cpu would have to drop the BQL and I worried 
>>>>> about it,
>>>>> but this is the 1st time I've seen an error due to it.
>>>>> Do you know what the migration state was at that point? Was it 
>>>>> I'm thinking perhaps we should stop 'cont' from continuing while 
>>>>> migration is in
>>>>> MIGRATION_STATUS_CANCELLING.  Do we send an event when we hit CANCELLED - 
>>>>> so that
>>>>> perhaps libvirt could avoid sending the 'cont' until then?
>>>> No, there's no event, though I thought libvirt would poll until
>>>> "query-migrate" returns the cancelled state.  Of course that is a small
>>>> consolation, because a segfault is unacceptable.
>>> I think you might get an event if you set the new migrate capability called
>>> 'events' on!
>>> void migrate_set_state(int *state, int old_state, int new_state)
>>> {
>>>     if (atomic_cmpxchg(state, old_state, new_state) == old_state) {
>>>         trace_migrate_set_state(new_state);
>>>         migrate_generate_event(new_state);
>>>     }
>>> }
>>> static void migrate_generate_event(int new_state)
>>> {
>>>     if (migrate_use_events()) {
>>>         qapi_event_send_migration(new_state, &error_abort); 
>>>     }
>>> }
>>> That event feature went in sometime after 2.3.0.
>>>> One possibility is to suspend the monitor in qmp_migrate_cancel and
>>>> resume it (with add_migration_state_change_notifier) when we hit the
>>>> CANCELLED state.  I'm not sure what the latency would be between the end
>>>> of migrate_fd_cancel and finally reaching CANCELLED.
>>> I don't like suspending monitors; it can potentially take quite a 
>>> significant
>>> time to do a cancel.
>>> How about making 'cont' fail if we're in CANCELLING?
>> Actually I thought that would be the case already (in fact CANCELLING is
>> internal only; the outside world sees it as "active" in query-migrate).
>> Lei, what is the runstate?  (That is, why did cont succeed at all)?
> I suspect it's RUN_STATE_FINISH_MIGRATE - we set that before we do the device
> save, and that's what we get at the end of a migrate and it's legal to restart
> from there.

Yeah, but I think we get there at the end of a failed migrate only.  So
perhaps we can introduce a new state RUN_STATE_FAILED_MIGRATE and forbid
"cont" from finish-migrate (only allow it from failed-migrate)?


>> Paolo
>>> I'd really love to see the 'run_on_cpu' being more careful about the BQL;
>>> we really need all of the rest of the devices to stay quiesced at times.
>> That's not really possible, because of how condition variables work. :(
> *Really* we need to find a solution to that - there's probably lots of 
> other things that can spring up in that small window other than the
> 'cont'.
> Dave
> --
> Dr. David Alan Gilbert / address@hidden / Manchester, UK

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