On 02/23/2018 02:04 PM, Han Zhou wrote:
One thought is that we could create better delineations between the
working data of a node and its output data. In other words, there could
be one structure of mutable data that the node can manipulate, and a
separate structure of const data that it exports for other nodes to
read. Right now, there is a function called engine_get_input() that
retrieves an engine_node. Maybe a better idea would be to replace that
with something like engine_get_input_data() that retrieves read-only
data from an engine node instead.
Hi Mark, thank you very much for the feedback!!
On Fri, Feb 23, 2018 at 10:56 AM, Mark Michelson <mmich...@redhat.com
> Hi Han,
> First off, great work! This is fantastic to see, and I'm super
excited to see such a drop in CPU usage with this patch.
> Since this is an RFC patch, I won't go too deep into nitty-gritty
details on this. Rather, I'll look at it from a high level.
> The API design idea is great. I like the use of a directed graph
since it clearly indicates dependencies. The patch progression is done
really well since it allows for us to easily understand each individual
change. It also makes it easy to see additional incremental changes that
could be added in the future.
> My main concern is that the specific setup you have used here results
in data encapsulation not being very strong. For instance, the
en_flow_output node consistently looks inside the en_runtime_data node
for input data. It appears from my quick look that en_flow_output is
treating this data as immutable, but I'm not 100% sure if I'm correct.
There's nothing in place to stop it from modifying that data if it
wanted to, though.
Agree. It is also my concern for the lack of strong encapsulation. The
principle to follow is that each node take input node data as immutable,
and write its own data. I will think about how to make this explicitly
from code perspective. I didn't have a good idea on this. Do you have
> Also it is common for nodes to modify global data rather than just
modifying node-local data(e.g. making calls to ofctrl_add_flow(), which
modifies a global hmap).
flow-table can be considered as data of en_flow_output. Since
en_flow_output is the leaf node of the DAG and no other engine node
depends on it, so I didn't think it is quit necessary to maintain its
own local data. But I agree it is better to be clear from the engine
node perspective. I can move the flow-table to en_flow_output data, and
update ofctrl module as consumer of that data.
> Ideally, this entire thing would be doable without the need for the
engine_get_input() function. Each node would operate independently on
its own data. Doing this would aid in the ability to reason about what
each node is responsible for, and it would open the door for introducing
parallel processing of sibling nodes in the DAG.
Sorry that I didn't get this point. Each node would operate on its own
data but they also depends on their inputs, and that's why
engine_get_input() is here for. Did I misunderstand your point?
I think taking a second look at the patch has made things a bit more
clear for me. In my initial reading, I thought that engine_get_input()
was an anti-pattern since it was being used to look into the "private"
data of another node. Now that I look again, it makes more sense that
the input node data should be accessible since they provide input data
for the parent node. You can ignore my initial finding.
For parallel processing, I am a little hesitating, because the goal is
to reduce the CPU cost on HVs (to save CPU for real workloads). The
processing engine should be non-blocking, so if we need parallel
processing in the engine, it means we are requesting too much CPU on the
HV. I hope we don't need parallel processing for flow computing.
That's a good point.
> All that being said, I would be happy to see a change like this go in
as-is (pending more in-depth code review, of course) if the data
encapsulation work would creep the scope out too much for the initial
> On 02/20/2018 01:04 PM, Han Zhou wrote:
>> ovn-controller currently recomputes everything when there are any
>> of input, which leads to high CPU usages and slow in end-to-end flow
>> enforcement in response to changes. It even wastes CPU to recompute
>> for unrelated inputs such as pinctrl events.
>> This patch series implements incremental processing in ovn-controller to
>> solve above problems. There has been a similar attempt of solve the
>> earlier but was reverted (see commit: 926c34fd). This patch series takes
>> a different approach with an incremental processing engine, to make the
>> dependencies clear and easier to maintain. The engine is a DAG
>> dependencies between different nodes. Each node maintains its own
>> depends on its inputs and the data can also be inputs of other
>> node implements a method to recompute its data based on all the
>> also implements methods to handle changes of different inputs
>> The engine will be responsible to try incremental processing for
>> based on the dependencies or fallback to recompute when changes
>> handled incrementally.
>> This patch series can incrementally process the most common changes:
>> logical flows and port bindings from OVNSB. It can be expanded
>> more fine grained incremental processing gradually.
>> With the patch series, the CPU time of ovn-controller in ovn-scale-test
>> for 500 lports creating and binding on 50 HVs decreased 90%.
>> This is RFC version to get feedback to see if there is any major
>> this approach, before refining it future for formal review. There
>> two test cases failed and debugging ongoing.
>> Han Zhou (8):
>> ovn-controller: Incremental processing engine
>> ovn-controller: Track OVSDB changes
>> ovn-controller: Initial use of incremental engine in main
>> ovn-controller: Split SB inputs as separate incremental engine nodes
>> ovn-controller: split ovs_idl inputs in incremental engine
>> ovn-controller: Incremental logical flow processing
>> ovn-controller: runtime_data change handler for SB port-binding
>> ovn-controller: port-binding incremental processing for physical
>> include/ovn/actions.h | 3 +
>> ovn/controller/bfd.c | 4 +-
>> ovn/controller/binding.c | 101 +++++++-
>> ovn/controller/binding.h | 6 +
>> ovn/controller/encaps.c | 12 +-
>> ovn/controller/lflow.c | 104 ++++++--
>> ovn/controller/lflow.h | 10 +-
>> ovn/controller/ofctrl.c | 226 ++++++++++++-----
>> ovn/controller/ofctrl.h | 16 +-
>> ovn/controller/ovn-controller.c | 546
>> ovn/controller/ovn-controller.h | 5 +
>> ovn/controller/physical.c | 140 +++++++----
>> ovn/controller/physical.h | 8 +-
>> ovn/lib/actions.c | 6 +-
>> ovn/lib/automake.mk <http://automake.mk> | 4 +-
>> ovn/lib/extend-table.c | 31 ++-
>> ovn/lib/extend-table.h | 9 +-
>> ovn/lib/inc-proc-eng.c | 97 +++++++
>> ovn/lib/inc-proc-eng.h | 118 +++++++++
>> 19 files changed, 1143 insertions(+), 303 deletions(-)
>> create mode 100644 ovn/lib/inc-proc-eng.c
>> create mode 100644 ovn/lib/inc-proc-eng.h
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