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Re: [Qemu-devel] backend for blk or fs with guaranteed blocking/synchron

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] backend for blk or fs with guaranteed blocking/synchronous I/O
Date: Thu, 6 Sep 2018 11:08:20 -0400

On Thu, Sep 06, 2018 at 04:24:12PM +0600, Artem Pisarenko wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'm developing paravirtualized target linux system which runs multiple linux
> containers (LXC) inside itself. (For those, who unfamiliar with LXC, simply
> put, it's an isolated group of userspace processes with their own rootfs.) 
> Each
> container should be provided access to its rootfs located at host and 
> execution
> of container should be deterministic. Particularly, it means that container 
> I/O
> operations must be synchronized within some predefined quantum of guest
> _virtual_ time, i.e. its I/O activity shouldn't be delayed by host performance
> or activities on host and other containers. In other words, guest should see
> it's like either infinite throughput and zero latency, or some predefined
> throughput/latency characteristics guaranteed per each rootfs.
> While other sources of non-determinism are seem to be eliminated (using TCG,
> -icount, etc.), asynchronous I/O still introduces it.


Just that you should realize that the issues are not limited to QEMU: to
get real time behaviour out of a Linux host you need a real-time kernel
and real-time capable hardware/firmware. I'm not an expert on this at
all, but see e.g. these old presentations:


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