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Re: [Xen-devel] Feature control on PV devices

On 09/15/2017 12:34 PM, Juergen Gross wrote:
> On 15/09/17 13:19, Wei Liu wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 14, 2017 at 05:18:44PM +0100, Joao Martins wrote:
>>> On 09/14/2017 05:10 PM, Wei Liu wrote:
>>>> On Thu, Sep 07, 2017 at 05:53:54PM +0100, Joao Martins wrote:
>>>>> Hey!
>>>>> We wanted to brought up this small proposal regarding the lack of
>>>>> parameterization on PV devices on Xen.
>>>>> Currently users don't have a way for enforce and control what
>>>>> features/queues/etc the backend provides. So far there's only global 
>>>>> parameters
>>>>> on backends, and specs do not mention anything in this regard.
>>>>> The most obvious example is netback/blkback max_queues module parameter 
>>>>> where it
>>>>> sets the limit the maximum queues for all devices which is not that 
>>>>> flexible.
>>>>> Other examples include controlling offloads visible by the NIC (e.g. 
>>>>> disabling
>>>>> checksum offload, disabling scather-gather), others more about I/O path 
>>>>> (e.g.
>>>>> disable blkif indirect descriptors, limit number of pages for the ring), 
>>>>> or less
>>>>> grant usage by minimizing number of queues/descriptors.
>>>>> Of course there could be more examples, as this seems to be ortoghonal to 
>>>>> the
>>>>> kinds of PV backends we have. And seems like all features appear to be 
>>>>> published
>>>>> on the same xenbus state?
>>>>> The idea to address this would be very simple:
>>>>> - Toolstack when initializing device paths, writes additional entries in 
>>>>> the
>>>>> form of 'request-<feature-name>' = <feature-value>. These entries are only
>>>>> visible by the backend and toolstack;
>>>>> - Backend reads this entries and uses <feature-value> as the value of
>>>>> <feature-name>, which will then be visible on the frontend.
>>>>> [ Removal of the 'request-*' xenstore entries could represent a feedback 
>>>>> look
>>>>>   that the backend indeed read and used the value. Or else it could 
>>>>> simply be
>>>>>   ignored. ]
>>>>> And that's it.
>>>>> In pratice user would do: E.g.
>>>>> domain.cfg:
>>>>> ...
>>>>> name = "guest"
>>>>> kernel = "bzImage"
>>>>> vif = ["bridge=br0,queues=2"]
>>>>> disk = [
>>>>> "format=raw,vdev=hda,access=rw,backendtype=phy,target=/dev/HostVG/XenGuest2,queues=1,max-ring-page-order=0"
>>>> There needs to be a way to distinguish parameters consumed by toolstack
>>>> vs the ones passed on to backends. The parameters passed to backends
>>>> should start with a predefined prefix.
>>> Hmm, which seems to be inline with the "request" prefix when controlling 
>>> certain
>>> features enabled/disabled? Oh wait, perhaps you mean wrt to the 
>>> UI/config-format
>>> rather than xenstore entries and such? If it's the latter, see below,
>> I was thinking about xl config syntax.
>>>>> ]
>>>>> ...
>>>>> Toolstack writes:
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vif/8/0/request-multi-queue-max-queues = 2
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/request-multi-queue-max-queues = 2
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/request-max-ring-page-order = 0
> I'd rather use a specific directory, e.g.:
> /local/domain/0/backend/vif/8/0/request/multi-queue-max-queues = 2
> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/request/multi-queue-max-queues = 2
> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/request/max-ring-page-order = 0
> This will enable the backend to just look for all entries in
> .../request/ instead of having to try all possible features.
Yeap, sounds better and cleaner indeed.

And backend can simply remove the whole directory when it's done consuming
the parameters as a signal to the toolstack? Or maybe it might be enough to
simply detect that request/XXX and XXX xenstores entries have the same value.

>>>>> Backends reads and seeds with (and assuming it passes backend validation 
>>>>> ofc):
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vif/8/0/multi-queue-max-queues = 2
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/multi-queue-max-queues = 2
>>>>> /local/domain/0/backend/vbd/8/51713/max-ring-page-order = 0
>>>>> The XL configuration entry for controlling these tunable are just 
>>>>> examples it's
>>>>> not clear the general preference for this. An alternative could be:
>>>>> vif = ["bridge=br0,features=queues:2\\;max-ring-page-order:0"]
>>>>> Which lets us have more generic feature control, without sticking to 
>>>>> particular
>>>>> features names.
>>> In case the above was about config format, this one suggested above sounds 
>>> more
>>> general, and easy to reuse across backends. Maybe instead of "features", 
>>> could
>>> be "backend_features" since, most PV backends declare a "backend" and a
>>> "backend_id" as per libxl IDL.
>> The proposed syntax looks a bit difficult to parse.
>> What's wrong with request-XXX=YYY syntax? We can have many of those as
>> we like. Xl just picks those and concatenate them into backend_features.
No problem at all assuming the backend_features on IDL is a list of XXX=YYY - I
suggested the above syntax simply as a start given how 'target' is put together
for disks with  backendtype=qemu (e.g. rbd parameters). But yours it's much
better from user perspective.

Thinking if there was a problem with emulated NICs, but I suppose the same
request-XXX=YYY could be used to toggle the emulated device offloadings (e.g.
for virtio we would use require-guest_ecn=0). But it's probably a bit early to
worry about that. libxl "backend_features" is generic enough to accomodate this.

> Is it possible to parse those without having to know about individual
> XXX values? Otherwise we'd be able to support only features known by xl
> instead of those known by the various backends.


I too would keep this stateless from toolstack perspective.


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