On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 8:03 AM, Michal Skrivanek <mskri...@redhat.com>

> Why not reserving regular hugepages for VMs on boot?

Do you mean at hypervisor level? In this case it is what I'm doing normally
for physical servers where I install Oracle RDBMS

> then you can use
> it with vdsm hook for that Oracle VM.

Which hook are you referring?
This one:
In case is it still current? In the sense that I need to mount the
hugetblfs virtual file system at hst level?
The hook description seems low detailed...
Normally if I want oracle user able to use huge pages on physical server, I
have to specify

# Huge pages
vm.hugetlb_shm_group = 2000
# 18GB allocatable
vm.nr_hugepages = 9216

where 2000 is the group id for dba group, the main group of oracle user

How to map this with vrtualization?
1) vm.hugetlb_shm_group at hypervisor side should be set to the group of
the qemu user as the qemu-kvm process runs with it?
2) Then I have to set VM for VM the hugepages=xxx value in the hook and
that will bypass the sysctl.conf configuration in the guest?
3) I presume I have to set the vm.hugetlb_shm_group parameter at guest


> It improves VM performance in
> general, the only drawback is less flexibility since that memory can't
> be used by others unless they specifically ask for  hugepages.

This seems to confirm that I have to set a statich sysctl.conf entry at
hypervisor level such as
vm.nr_hugepages = YYYY

> Also, I suppose you disable KSM, and I'm not sure about ballooning,
> unless you need it I'd disable it too.

I kept the defaults at the moment that I suppose should be

a) KSM disabled

ksm has been configured to start by default as normally, but ksmtuned has
been disabled:

[g.cecchi@ov300 ~]$ sudo systemctl status ksm
● ksm.service - Kernel Samepage Merging
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/ksm.service; enabled; vendor
preset: enabled)
   Active: active (exited) since Tue 2017-04-11 11:07:28 CEST; 1 weeks 1
days ago
  Process: 976 ExecStart=/usr/libexec/ksmctl start (code=exited,
 Main PID: 976 (code=exited, status=0/SUCCESS)
   CGroup: /system.slice/ksm.service

Apr 11 11:07:28 ov300.datacenter.polimi.it systemd[1]: Starting Kernel
Samepage Merging...
Apr 11 11:07:28 ov300.datacenter.polimi.it systemd[1]: Started Kernel
Samepage Merging.

[g.cecchi@ov300 ~]$ sudo systemctl status ksmtuned
● ksmtuned.service - Kernel Samepage Merging (KSM) Tuning Daemon
   Loaded: loaded (/usr/lib/systemd/system/ksmtuned.service; disabled;
vendor preset: disabled)
   Active: inactive (dead)
[g.cecchi@ov300 ~]$

b) ballooning enabled for a newly created VM unless I explicitly disable it
(at least I see this happens in 4.1.1)

What to do for a) and b) to not interfere with huge pages?

> The hook is being improved right now in master, but it should be
> usable in stable too.
I will be happy to test and verify and contribute to its description, as
soon as I understand its usage....

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