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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/4] Alter steal-time reporting in the guest
On 03/06/2013 05:41 AM, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 05, 2013 at 02:22:08PM -0600, Michael Wolf wrote:
>> Sorry for the delay in the response. I did not see the email
>> right away.
>> On Mon, 2013-02-18 at 22:11 -0300, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 05:43:47PM +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>>>> 2013/2/5 Michael Wolf <>:
>>>>> In the case of where you have a system that is running in a
>>>>> capped or overcommitted environment the user may see steal time
>>>>> being reported in accounting tools such as top or vmstat. This can
>>>>> cause confusion for the end user.
>>>> Sorry, I'm no expert in this area. But I don't really understand what
>>>> is confusing for the end user here.
>>> I suppose that what is wanted is to subtract stolen time due to 'known
>>> reasons' from steal time reporting. 'Known reasons' being, for example,
>>> hard caps. So a vcpu executing instructions with no halt, but limited to
>>> 80% of available bandwidth, would not have 20% of stolen time reported.
>> Yes exactly and the end user many times did not set up the guest and is
>> not aware of the capping. The end user is only aware of the performance
>> level that they were told they would get with the guest.
>>> But yes, a description of the scenario that is being dealt with, with
>>> details, is important.
>> I will add more detail to the description next time I submit the
>> patches. How about something like,"In a cloud environment the user of a
>> kvm guest is not aware of the underlying hardware or how many other
>> guests are running on it. The end user is only aware of a level of
>> performance that they should see." or does that just muddy the picture
>> more??
> So the feature aims for is to report stolen time relative to hard
> capping. That is: stolen time should be counted as time stolen from
> the guest _beyond_ hard capping. Yes?
> Probably don't need to report new data to the guest for that.
If we take into account that 1 second always have one second, I believe
that you can just subtract the consigned time from the steal time the
host passes to the guest.

During each second, the numbers won't sum up to 100. The delta to 100 is
the consigned time, if anyone cares.

Adopting this would simplify this a lot. All you need to do, really, is
to get your calculation right from the bandwidth given by the cpu
controller. Subtract it in the host, and voila.

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