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Re: [libvirt] [RFC] Data in the <topology> element in the capabilities XML



On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 05:06:21PM -0300, Amador Pahim wrote:
> On 01/16/2013 04:30 PM, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> >On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 02:15:37PM -0500, Peter Krempa wrote:
> >>----- Original Message -----
> >>From: Daniel P. Berrange <berrange redhat com>
> >>To: Peter Krempa <pkrempa redhat com>
> >>Cc: Jiri Denemark <jdenemar redhat com>, Amador Pahim <apahim redhat com>, libvirt-list redhat com, dougsland redhat com
> >>Sent: Wed, 16 Jan 2013 13:39:28 -0500 (EST)
> >>Subject: Re: [libvirt] [RFC] Data in the <topology> element in the	capabilities XML
> >>
> >>On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 07:31:02PM +0100, Peter Krempa wrote:
> >>>On 01/16/13 19:11, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
> >>>>On Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 05:28:57PM +0100, Peter Krempa wrote:
> >>>>>Hi everybody,
> >>>>>
> >>>>>a while ago there was a discussion about changing the data that is
> >>>>>returned in the <topology> sub-element:
> >>>>>
> >>>>><capabilities>
> >>>>><host>
> >>>>><cpu>
> >>>>><arch>x86_64</arch>
> >>>>><model>SandyBridge</model>
> >>>>><vendor>Intel</vendor>
> >>>>><topology sockets='1' cores='2' threads='2'/>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>
> >>>>>The data provided here is as of today taken from the nodeinfo
> >>>>>detection code and thus is really wrong when the fallback mechanisms
> >>>>>are used.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>To get a useful count, the user has to multiply the data by the
> >>>>>number of NUMA nodes in the host. With the fallback detection code
> >>>>>used for nodeinfo the NUMA node count used to get the CPU count
> >>>>>should be 1 instead of the actual number.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>As Jiri proposed, I think we should change this output to separate
> >>>>>detection code that will not take into account NUMA nodes for this
> >>>>>output and will rather provide data as the "lspci" command does.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>This change will make the data provided by the element standalone
> >>>>>and also usable in guest XMLs to mirror host's topology.
> >>>>Well there are 2 parts which need to be considered here. What do we report
> >>>>in the host capabilities, and how do you configure guest XML.
> >>>>
> >>>> From a historical compatibility pov I don't think we should be changing
> >>>>the host capabilities at all. Simply document that 'sockets' is treated
> >>>>as sockets-per-node everywhere, and that it is wrong in the case of
> >>>>machines where an socket can internally have multiple NUMA nodes.
> >>>I'm too somewhat concerned about changing this output due to
> >>>historic reasons.
> >>>>Apps should be using the separate NUMA <topology> data in the capabilities
> >>>>instead of the CPU <topology> data, to get accurate CPU counts.
> >>> From the NUMA <topology> the management apps can't tell if the CPU
> >>>is a core or a thread. For example oVirt/VDSM bases the decisions on
> >>>this information.
> >>Then, we should add information to the NUMA topology XML to indicate
> >>which of the child <cpu> elements are sibling cores or threads.
> >>
> >>Perhaps add a 'socket_id' + 'core_id' attribute to every <cpu>.
> >
> >>In this case, we will also need to add the thread siblings and
> >>perhaps even core siblings information to allow reliable detection.
> >The combination fo core_id/socket_id lets you determine that. If two
> >core have the same socket_id then they are cores or threads within the
> >same socket. If two <cpu> have the same socket_id & core_id then they
> >are threads within the same core.
> 
> Not true to AMD Magny-Cours 6100 series, where different cores can
> share the same physical_id and core_id. And they are not threads.
> This processors has two numa nodes inside the same "package" (aka
> socket) and they shares the same core ID set. Annoying.

I don't believe there's a problem with that. This example XML
shows a machine with 4 NUMA nodes, 2 sockets each containing
2 cores, and 2 threads, giving 16 logical CPUs

    <topology>
      <cells num='4'>
        <cell id='0'>
          <cpus num='4'>
            <cpu id='0' socket_id='0' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='1' socket_id='0' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='2' socket_id='0' core_id='1'/>
            <cpu id='3' socket_id='0' core_id='1'/>
          </cpus>
        </cell>
        <cell id='1'>
          <cpus num='2'>
            <cpu id='4' socket_id='0' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='5' socket_id='0' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='6' socket_id='0' core_id='1'/>
            <cpu id='7' socket_id='0' core_id='1'/>
          </cpus>
        </cell>
        <cell id='2'>
          <cpus num='2'>
            <cpu id='8'  socket_id='1' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='9'  socket_id='1' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='10' socket_id='1' core_id='1'/>
            <cpu id='11' socket_id='1' core_id='1'/>
          </cpus>
        </cell>
        <cell id='3'>
          <cpus num='2'>
            <cpu id='12' socket_id='1' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='13' socket_id='1' core_id='0'/>
            <cpu id='14' socket_id='1' core_id='1'/>
            <cpu id='15' socket_id='1' core_id='1'/>
          </cpus>
        </cell>
      </cells>
    </topology>

I believe there's enough info there to determine all the co-location
aspects of all the sockets/core/threads involved.

Regards,
Daniel
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