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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC v2 0/4] enable numa configuration before machine i

From: Markus Armbruster
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC v2 0/4] enable numa configuration before machine is running from HMP/QMP
Date: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 15:17:49 +0100
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Igor Mammedov <address@hidden> writes:

> As were suggested at (1) and at bof session where we discussed subj,
> I'm posting variant with late numa 'configuration' i.e. when QEMU is
> started with '-S' option in paused state and numa is configured via
> monitor/QMP before machine cpus are allowed to run.
> Suggested idea was to try 'late' numa configuration as it might result in
> shortcut approach allowing us reuse current pause point (-S) versus adding
> another preconfig option with earlier pause point.
> So this series tries to show how feasible this approach.
> Currently numa options mainly affect only firmware blobs (ACPI/FDT tables),
> it should have been possible to regenerate those blobs right before we start
> CPUs, which would allow us setup numa configuration at first pause point and
> get firmware blobs with updated numa information.
> Series implements idea for x86 ans spapr machines and uses machine reset,
> to reconfigure firmware and other machine structures after each numa
> configuration command (HMP or QMP).
> It was relatively not hard to implement for above machines as they already
> rebuild firmware blobs at reset time. But it still was a pain as QEMU isn't
> written with dynamic reconfiguration in mind and one need to update device
> state with new data (I think I've got it right but not 100% sure)
> However when it comes to the last target supporting NUMA, ARM
> all simplification versus v1 goes down the drain, since FDT blob is build
> incrementally during machine_init(), -device, machine_done() time, and
> it turns out into huge refactoring to isolate scattered FDT pieces into
> single FDT build function (like we do for ACPI). It's job that we would need
> to do anyways for hotplug to work properly on ARM, but I don't think it
> should get in the way of numa refactoring.
> So that was the point where I gave up and decided to post only x86/spapr
> pieces for demo purposes.
> I'm inclined towards avoiding 'v2 shortcut' and going in direction of v1,
> as I didn't see v2 as the right way in general, since one would have to:
>   - build machine / connect / initalize / devices one way and then find out
>     devices / connections that need to be fixed/updated with new 
> configuration,
>     it's very fragile and easy break.
> If I remember correctly the bof session, consensus was that we would like to 
> have
> early configuration interface (like v1) in the end, so I'd rather send time
> on addressing v1 drawbacks instead of hacking machine init order to make numa 
> work
> in backwards way.

It's been a while...  Can you summarize v1 and its drawbacks?

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> [1]
> v1 for reference:
> [Qemu-devel] [RFC 0/6] enable numa configuration before machine_init() from 
>     https://lists.nongnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2017-10/msg03583.html
> PS:
> exercise wasn't waste as it resulted in cleanups that were already merged.

Good :)

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