On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 10:17:50AM -0500, Doron Fediuck wrote:
> 
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Simon Grinberg" <si...@redhat.com>
> > To: "Doron Fediuck" <dfedi...@redhat.com>
> > Cc: "engine-devel" <engine-de...@ovirt.org>, vdsm-de...@fedorahosted.org
> > Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 4:56:14 PM
> > Subject: Re: [Engine-devel] [vdsm]  CPU Overcommit Feature
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: "Doron Fediuck" <dfedi...@redhat.com>
> > > To: "Dan Kenigsberg" <dan...@redhat.com>
> > > Cc: "engine-devel" <engine-de...@ovirt.org>,
> > > vdsm-de...@fedorahosted.org
> > > Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 2:14:45 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [Engine-devel] [vdsm]  CPU Overcommit Feature
> > > 
> > > 
> > > 
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > > From: "Dan Kenigsberg" <dan...@redhat.com>
> > > > To: "Itamar Heim" <ih...@redhat.com>
> > > > Cc: "engine-devel" <engine-de...@ovirt.org>,
> > > > vdsm-de...@fedorahosted.org
> > > > Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:55:10 AM
> > > > Subject: Re: [Engine-devel] [vdsm]  CPU Overcommit Feature
> > > > 
> > > > On Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 10:23:55AM +0200, Itamar Heim wrote:
> > > > > On 12/20/2012 09:43 AM, Dan Kenigsberg wrote:
> > > > > >On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 09:53:15AM -0500, Doron Fediuck wrote:
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>----- Original Message -----
> > > > > >>>From: "Dan Kenigsberg" <dan...@redhat.com>
> > > > > >>>To: "Greg Padgett" <gpadg...@redhat.com>
> > > > > >>>Cc: "engine-devel" <engine-de...@ovirt.org>,
> > > > > >>>vdsm-de...@fedorahosted.org
> > > > > >>>Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 3:59:11 PM
> > > > > >>>Subject: Re: [Engine-devel] CPU Overcommit Feature
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>On Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 09:37:57AM -0500, Greg Padgett
> > > > > >>>wrote:
> > > > > >>>>Hi,
> > > > > >>>>
> > > > > >>>>I've been working on a feature to allow CPU Overcommitment
> > > > > >>>>of
> > > > > >>>>hosts
> > > > > >>>>in a cluster.  This first stage allows the engine to
> > > > > >>>>consider
> > > > > >>>>host
> > > > > >>>>cpu threads as cores for the purposes of VM resource
> > > > > >>>>allocation.
> > > > > >>>>
> > > > > >>>>This wiki page has further details, your comments are
> > > > > >>>>welcome!
> > > > > >>>>http://www.ovirt.org/Features/cpu_overcommit
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>I've commented about the vdsm/engine API on
> > > > > >>>http://gerrit.ovirt.org/#/c/10144/ but it is probably better
> > > > > >>>to
> > > > > >>>reiterate it here.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>The suggested API is tightly coupled with an ugly hack we
> > > > > >>>pushed
> > > > > >>>to
> > > > > >>>vdsm
> > > > > >>>in order not to solve the issue properly on the first
> > > > > >>>strike.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>If we had not have report_host_threads_as_cores, I think
> > > > > >>>we'd
> > > > > >>>have a
> > > > > >>>simpler API reporting only cpuThreads and cpuCores; with no
> > > > > >>>funny
> > > > > >>>boolean flags.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>Let us strive to that position as much as we can.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>How about asking whoever used report_host_threads_as_cores
> > > > > >>>to
> > > > > >>>unset
> > > > > >>>it
> > > > > >>>once they install Engine 3.2 ? I think that these are very
> > > > > >>>few
> > > > > >>>people,
> > > > > >>>that would not mind this very much.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>If this is impossible, I'd add a cpuCores2, always reporting
> > > > > >>>the
> > > > > >>>true
> > > > > >>>number, to be used by new Engines. We may even report it
> > > > > >>>only
> > > > > >>>on
> > > > > >>>the
> > > > > >>>very few cases of report_host_threads_as_cores being set.
> > > > > >>>
> > > > > >>>Dan.
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>Hi Dan,
> > > > > >>Thanks for the review.
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>I agree simply reporting cores and threads would be the right
> > > > > >>solution.
> > > > > >>However, when you have hyperthreading turned off you get
> > > > > >>cores=threads.
> > > > > >>This is the same situation you have when hyperthreading
> > > > > >>turned
> > > > > >>on, and
> > > > > >>someone used the vdsm configuration of reporting threads as
> > > > > >>cores.
> > > > > >>
> > > > > >>So the engine won't know the real status of the host.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >This is not surprising, as report_host_threads_as_cores means
> > > > > >in
> > > > > >blunt
> > > > > >English "lie to Engine about the number of cores". The newly
> > > > > >suggested
> > > > > >flag says "don't believe what I said in cpuCores, since I'm
> > > > > >lying". Next
> > > > > >thing we'd have is another flag saying that the former flag
> > > > > >was
> > > > > >a
> > > > > >lie,
> > > > > >and cpuCores is actually trustworthy.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >Instead of dancing this dance, I suggest to stop lying.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >report_host_threads_as_cores was a hack to assist a older
> > > > > >Engine
> > > > > >versions. Engine users that needed it had to set it
> > > > > >out-of-band
> > > > > >on
> > > > > >their
> > > > > >hosts. Now if they upgrade their Engine, they can -- as easily
> > > > > >--
> > > > > >reset
> > > > > >that value.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >If they forget, nothing devastating happens beyond Engine
> > > > > >assuming
> > > > > >that
> > > > > >hyperthreading is off.
> > > > > >
> > > > > >Please consider this suggestion. I find it the simplest for
> > > > > >all
> > > > > >involved
> > > > > >parties.
> > > > > 
> > > > > the only problem is the new vdsm doesn't know which engine may
> > > > > be
> > > > > using it.
> > > > > if engine would say "getVdsCaps engineVersion=3.2", then vdsm
> > > > > could
> > > > > know engine no longer needs lying to and ignore the flag,
> > > > > re-using
> > > > > same field.
> > > > 
> > > > Note that I do not suggest to drop report_host_threads_as_cores
> > > > now.
> > > > I am suggesting to keep on lying even to new Engine.
> > > > If someone thinks that lying is bad, he should reset
> > > > report_host_threads_as_cores.
> > > > 
> > > > It seems to me that the suggested API is being coerced by a very
> > > > limited
> > > > use case, that is not going to be really harmed by a
> > > > straight-forward
> > > > API.
> > > > 
> > > > Dan.
> > > 
> > > Dan,
> > > Did some further checking, and we can go with it;
> > > So basically now we add cpuThreads. Additionally, if the
> > > report_host_threads_as_cores
> > > is turned on, an additional cpuCoresReal will be reported.
> > 
> > No need for that.
> > There is only one problematic state where VDSM cheats and reports
> > cores == threads.
> > This does not happen by mistake, the user specifically asked for it.
> > 
> > The above condition above also happens if threads is really off or
> > the processor does not have threads, so it's a state we need to
> > handle in any case.
> > 
> > So just report threads=off, whenever cores == threads and treat it as
> > such. If the user is unhappy then he should just turn off the cheat
> > mode.
> > 
> 
> ack.
> 
> * <3.2 clusters are not supported.
> * >=3.2 clusters will assume HT off unless cores < threads.
> 
> Some release note is needed for this, so users will be advised to
> turn off vdsm cheating when upgrading to new 3.2 engine, in case they
> happen to use it.

Plain and simple. vdsm side accepted to master branch.
Please backport it to the ovirt-3.2 branch in order to get into the
release.
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