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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 3/6] KVM-GST: KVM Steal time accounting
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On Wed, 2011-02-02 at 12:51 +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> On 02/02/2011 12:11 PM, Avi Kivity wrote:
> > On 02/01/2011 05:57 PM, Glauber Costa wrote:
> >> On Sun, 2011-01-30 at 16:04 +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
> >> > On 01/28/2011 09:52 PM, Glauber Costa wrote:
> >> > > This patch accounts steal time time in kernel/sched.
> >> > > I kept it from last proposal, because I still see advantages
> >> > > in it: Doing it here will give us easier access from scheduler
> >> > > variables such as the cpu rq. The next patch shows an example of
> >> > > usage for it.
> >> > >
> >> > > Since functions like account_idle_time() can be called from
> >> > > multiple places, not only account_process_tick(), steal time
> >> > > grabbing is repeated in each account function separatedely.
> >> > >
> >> >
> >> > I accept that steal time is worthwhile, but do you have some way to
> >> > demonstrate that the implementation actually works and is beneficial?
> >> >
> >> > Perhaps run two cpu-bound compute processes on one vcpu,
> >> overcommit that
> >> > vcpu, and see what happens to the processing rate with and without
> >> steal
> >> > time accounting. I'd expect a fairer response with steal time
> >> accounting.
> >>
> >> Avi,
> >>
> >> There are two things here:
> >> One of them, which is solely the accounting of steal time, (patches 1 to
> >> 4) has absolutely nothing to do with what you said. Its sole purpose is
> >> to provide the user with information about "why is my process slow if I
> >> am using 100 % of my cpu?")
> >
> > Right. Like irq and softirq time, we need to report this to the user,
> > as it's potentially much higher.
>
> Of course, it's not enough to just account for this time, you also have
> to expose it somewhere, and update tools like top(1) to display it.
Yes, what I meant is that just the accounting will just expose it to the
tools, won't affect the scheduler in any sense.




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