On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 11:42 AM Matt Churchyard via freebsd-virtualization <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 11:10:44PM -0700, Marcus Reid wrote: > > On Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 05:25:52PM -0400, Vick Khera wrote: > > > > Opinions? Preferably well-reasoned ones. :) > > > > > > > However, having the ARC eating up lots of memory twice seems pretty > > > bletcherous. You can probably do some tuning to reduce that, but I > > > never liked tuning the ARC much. > > > I just realized that you can turn primarycache off per-dataset. Does it > make more sense to turn primarycache=none on the zvol on the host, or > on > the datasets in the vm? I'm thinking on the host, but it might be worth > experimenting. > > I'd be very wary of disabling ARC on the main host, it can have pretty > serious side effects. It could possibly be useful in the guest though, as > data should be cached already by ARC on the host, you're just going through > an extra step of reading through the virtual disk driver, and into host > ARC, instead of directly from the guest memory. Would need testing to know > what performance was like and if there are any side effects. > > I do agree that it doesn't seem unnecessary to have any redundancy in the > guest if the host pool is redundant. Save for any glaring bugs in the > virtual disk emulation, you wouldn't expect to get errors on the guest pool > if the host pool is already checksumming the data. > > It's also worth testing with guest ARC enabled but just limited to a > fairly small size, so you're not disabling it entirely, but doing at little > double-caching as possible. > > ZFS features seems perfect for virtual hosts, although it's not ideal that > you have to give up a big chunk of host RAM for ARC. You may also find that > you need to limit host ARC, then only use "MAX_RAM - MY_ARC_LIMIT" for > guests. Otherwise you'll have ZFS and VMs fighting for memory and enough of > us have seen what shouldn't, but unfortunately does happen in that > situation. > > Matt > - > > > Marcus > I've tried this in the past, and found the worst performance penalty was with ARC disabled in guest. I tried with ARC enabled on host and guest, only on host, only on guest. There was a significant performance penalty with either ARC disabled. I'd still recommend to experiment with it on your own to see if the hit is acceptable or not. Shameless plug: I'm working on a project (tunnelfs.io) which should be useful for this use case. :) Unfortunately, there is no ETA on usable code yet. -- Marie Helene Kvello-Aune _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list https://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-virtualization To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-virtualization-unsubscr...@freebsd.org"