On Fri, Feb 02, 2018 at 02:53:50PM +0100, Viktor Mihajlovski wrote: > On 01.02.2018 21:26, Eduardo Habkost wrote: > > On Thu, Feb 01, 2018 at 09:15:15PM +0100, Radim Krčmář wrote: > >> 2018-02-01 12:54-0500, Luiz Capitulino: > >>> > >>> Libvirt needs to know when a vCPU is halted. To get this information, > >> > >> I don't see why upper level management should care about that, a single > >> bit about halted state that can be incorrect at the time it is processed > >> seems of very limited use. > > > > I don't see why, either. > > > > I'm CCing libvir-list and the people involved in the code that > > added halt state to libvirt domain statistics. > > > I'll try to explain the motivation for the "halted" state exposure and > why it ended int the libvirt domain stats. > > s390 CPUs can be present in a system (e.g. after being hotplugged) but > be offline (disabled) in which case they are not used by the operating > system. In Linux disabled CPUs show a value of '0' in > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu<n>/online. > > Higher level management software (on top of libvirt) can take advantage > of knowing whether a guest CPU is online and thus used or not. > Specifically it might not make sense to plug more CPUs if the guest OS > isn't using the CPUs at all.
Wasn't this already represented on "vcpu.<n>.state"? Why is "vcpu.<n>.halted" needed? > > A disabled guest CPU is represented as halted in the QEMU object model > and can therefore be identified by the QMP query-cpus command. > > The initial patch proposal to expose this via virsh vcpuinfo was not > considered to be desirable because there was a concern that legacy > management software might be confused seeing halted vcpus. Therefore the > state information was added to the cpu domain statistics. > > One issue we're facing is that the semantics of "halted" are different > between s390 and at least x86. The question might be whether they are > different enough to grant a specific "disabled" indicator. >From your description, it looks like they are completely different. On x86, a CPU that is online and in use can be moved between halted and non-halted state many times a second. If that's the case, we can probably fix this without breaking existing code: explicitly documenting the semantics of "vcpu.<n>.halted" at virConnectGetAllDomainStats() to mean "not online" (i.e. the s390 semantics, not the x86 one), and making qemuMonitorGetCpuHalted() s390-specific. Possibly a better long-term solution is to deprecate "vcpu.<n>.halted" and make "vcpu.<n>.state" work correctly on s390. It would be also interesting to update QEMU QMP documentation to clarify the arch-specific semantics of "halted". -- Eduardo -- libvir-list mailing list email@example.com https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/libvir-list