On Fri, 2 Feb 2018 14:53:50 +0100
Viktor Mihajlovski <mihaj...@linux.vnet.ibm.com> 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.

If that's all you want, have you considered using the guest agent?

> 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.

OK, so what's the algorithm used by the higher level management
software where this all fits together? Something like:

1. Hotplug vCPU
2. Poll "halted" state
3. If "halted" becomes true, hotplug more vCPUs
4. If "halted" never becomes true, don't hotplug more CPUs

If that's the case, then I guess grepping for State in
/proc/qemu-pid/threadid/status will have the same end result, no?

> 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.
> [...]

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