> On 20 Apr 2017, at 17:39, Gianluca Cecchi <gianluca.cec...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> On Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:35 AM, Michal Skrivanek <mskri...@redhat.com 
> <mailto:mskri...@redhat.com>> wrote:
> 
>> On 19 Apr 2017, at 16:28, Gianluca Cecchi <gianluca.cec...@gmail.com 
>> <mailto:gianluca.cec...@gmail.com>> wrote:
>> 
>> On Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 3:44 PM, Martin Polednik <mpoled...@redhat.com 
>> <mailto:mpoled...@redhat.com>> wrote:
>> 
>> 
>> If you are using recent CentOS (or I guess Fedora), there isn't any
>> extra setup required. Just create the custom property:
>> 
>> Both my engine and my hosts are CentOS 7.3 + updates
> 
> that’s good
> 
>>  
>> 
>> On the host where engine is running:
>> 
>> $ engine-config -s "UserDefinedVMProperties=hugepages=^.*$"
>> $ service ovirt-engine restart
>> 
>> and you should see 'hugepages' when editing a VM under custom properties.
>> 
>> So no vdsm hook at all to install?
> 
> today you still need the hook.
> 
>> 
>>  
>> Set the number to (desired memory / 2048) and you're good to go. The
>> VM will run with it's memory backed by hugepages.
>> 
>> As in sysctl.conf? So that if I want 4Gb of Huge Pages I have to set 2048?
> 
> yes. there might be some 
> 
>> 
>>  
>> If you need
>> hugepages even inside the VM, do whatever you would do on a physical
>> host.
>> 
>> mpolednik
>> 
>> 
>> yes, the main subject is to have Huge Pages inside the guest, so that Oracle 
>> RDBMS at startup detect them and use them
> 
> yes, so if you do that via sysctl.conf on real HW just do the same here, or 
> modify kernel cmdline.
> 
> Note that those are two separate things
> the hook is making QEMU process use hugepages memory in the host - that 
> improves performance of any VM
> then how it looks in guest is no concern to oVirt, it’s guest-side hugepages. 
> You can enable/set them regardless the previous step, which may be fine if 
> you just want to expose the capability to some app  - e.g. in testing that 
> the guest-side Oracle can work with hugepages in the guest.
> But you probably want both Oracle to see hugepages and also actually use them 
> - then you need both reserve that on host for qemu process and then inside 
> guest reserve that for oracle. I.e. you need to add a “buffer” on host side 
> to accommodate the non-hugepages parts of the guest e.g. on 24GB host you can 
> reserve 20GB hugepages for VMs to use, and then run a VM with 20GB memory, 
> reserving 16GB hugepages inside the guest for oracle to use.
> 
> Thanks,
> michal
> 
>> 
>> Gianluca 
> 
> 
> I'm making some tests right now. 
> Steps done: 
> - configure huge pages on hypervisor
> 
> [root@ractor ~]# cat /etc/sysctl.d/huge-pages.conf 
> # 20/04/2017 8Gb
> vm.nr_hugepages = 4096
> [root@ractor ~]# 
> 
> rebooted host (I also updated in the mean time it to latest 4.1.1 packages 
> with vdsm-4.19.10.1-1.el7.centos.x86_64 and 
> vdsm-hook-hugepages-4.19.10.1-1.el7.centos.noarch)
> I also set "transparent_hugepage=never" boot parameter because I know that 
> they are in conflict with Huge Pages
> 
> So the situation is:
> 
> [root@ractor ~]# cat /proc/cmdline 
> BOOT_IMAGE=/vmlinuz-3.10.0-514.16.1.el7.x86_64 root=/dev/mapper/centos-root 
> ro rd.lvm.lv <http://rd.lvm.lv/>=centos/root rd.lvm.lv 
> <http://rd.lvm.lv/>=centos/swap rhgb quiet LANG=en_US.UTF-8 
> transparent_hugepage=never
> [root@ractor ~]# 
> 
> [root@ractor ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep -i huge
> AnonHugePages:         0 kB
> HugePages_Total:    4096
> HugePages_Free:     4096
> HugePages_Rsvd:        0
> HugePages_Surp:        0
> Hugepagesize:       2048 kB
> [root@ractor ~]# 
> 
> I edited a pre-existing CentOS 6 VM setting for it 8Gb of ram and 2048 pages 
> (4Gb) in custom property forhugepages.
> 
> When I power on I get this addition in qemu-kvm process definition as 
> expected:
> 
> -mem-path /dev/hugepages/libvirt/qemu
> 
> I noticed that now I have on host....
> 
> [root@ractor vdsm]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep -i huge
> AnonHugePages:         0 kB
> HugePages_Total:    6144
> HugePages_Free:     2048
> HugePages_Rsvd:        0
> HugePages_Surp:        0
> Hugepagesize:       2048 kB
> [root@ractor vdsm]# 
> 
> So apparently it did allocated 2048 new huge pages...
> Does it mean that actually I have not to pre-allocate huge pages at all on 
> host and it eventually will increase them (but not able to remove then I 
> suppose) ?
> 
> Anyway the count doesn't seem correct... because it seems that a total of 
> 4096 pages are in use/locked... (HugePages_Total - HugePages_Free + 
> HugePages_Rsvd)
> while they should be 2048.....
> 
> [root@ractor vdsm]# ll /dev/hugepages/libvirt/qemu/
> total 0
> [root@ractor vdsm]# ll /hugetlbfs/libvirt/qemu/
> total 0
> [root@ractor vdsm]# 
> 
> If I power off the VM
> 
> [root@ractor vdsm]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep -i huge
> AnonHugePages:         0 kB
> HugePages_Total:    4096
> HugePages_Free:     4096
> HugePages_Rsvd:        0
> HugePages_Surp:        0
> Hugepagesize:       2048 kB
> [root@ractor vdsm]# 
> 
> Does this mean that in CentOS 7.3 Huge Pages could be reclaimed....???

it tries to…well, as I said, the hook is being improved right now and in 4.2 it 
will likely be more consumable

> 
> Nevertheless, when I configure huge pages in guest it seems to work as 
> expected
> 
> [root@dbtest ~]# cat /proc/meminfo | grep -i huge
> AnonHugePages:         0 kB
> HugePages_Total:    2048
> HugePages_Free:     2048
> HugePages_Rsvd:        0
> HugePages_Surp:        0
> Hugepagesize:       2048 kB
> 
> Going into Oracle DB initialization, after configuring its dedicated memory 
> (SGA) to 2354Mb, I get this confirmation inside its log file

Yes, but that would always work even without setting things up on host. The 
“only” difference would be the actual performance.

> 
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>  Per process system memlock (soft) limit = 4096M
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>  Expected per process system memlock (soft) limit to lock
>  SHARED GLOBAL AREA (SGA) into memory: 2354M
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>  Available system pagesizes:
>   4K, 2048K 
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>  Supported system pagesize(s):
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>   PAGESIZE  AVAILABLE_PAGES  EXPECTED_PAGES  ALLOCATED_PAGES  ERROR(s)
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>         4K       Configured               3               3        NONE
> Thu Apr 20 17:16:27 2017
>      2048K             2048            1177            1177        NONE
> 
> Gianluca
> 

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