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SubjectRe: [RFC] CPU hard limits
Bharata B Rao wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 01:27:55PM +0800, Balbir Singh wrote:
>> * Avi Kivity <> [2009-06-05 08:21:43]:
>>> Balbir Singh wrote:
>>>>> But then there is no other way to make a *guarantee*, guarantees come
>>>>> at a cost of idling resources, no? Can you show me any other
>>>>> combination that will provide the guarantee and without idling the
>>>>> system for the specified guarantees?
>>>> OK, I see part of your concern, but I think we could do some
>>>> optimizations during design. For example if all groups have reached
>>>> their hard-limit and the system is idle, should we do start a new hard
>>>> limit interval and restart, so that idleness can be removed. Would
>>>> that be an acceptable design point?
>>> I think so. Given guarantees G1..Gn (0 <= Gi <= 1; sum(Gi) <= 1), and a
>>> cpu hog running in each group, how would the algorithm divide resources?
>> As per the matrix calculation, but as soon as we reach an idle point,
>> we redistribute the b/w and start a new quantum so to speak, where all
>> groups are charged up to their hard limits.
> But could there be client models where you are required to strictly
> adhere to the limit within the bandwidth and not provide more (by advancing
> the bandwidth period) in the presence of idle cycles ?

That's the limit part. I'd like to be able to specify limits and
guarantees on the same host and for the same groups; I don't think that
works when you advance the bandwidth period.

I think we need to treat guarantees as first-class goals, not something
derived from limits (in fact I think guarantees are more useful as they
can be used to provide SLAs).

I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
signature is too narrow to contain.

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