From: Sahid Orentino Ferdjaoui [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, September 25, 2017 11:01 PM
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Subject: Re: [openstack-dev] vGPUs support for Nova
On Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 09:29:25AM -0500, Matt Riedemann wrote:
On 9/25/2017 5:40 AM, Jay Pipes wrote:
On 09/25/2017 05:39 AM, Sahid Orentino Ferdjaoui wrote:
There is a desire to expose the vGPUs resources on top of Resource
Provider which is probably the path we should be going in the long
term. I was not there for the last PTG and you probably already
made a decision about moving in that direction anyway. My personal
feeling is that it is premature.
The nested Resource Provider work is not yet feature-complete and
requires more reviewer attention. If we continue in the direction
of Resource Provider, it will need at least 2 more releases to
expose the vGPUs feature and that without the support of NUMA, and
with the feeling of pushing something which is not stable/production-ready.
It's seems safer to first have the Resource Provider work well
finalized/stabilized to be production-ready. Then on top of
something stable we could start to migrate our current virt
specific features like NUMA, CPU Pinning, Huge Pages and finally PCI devices.
I'm talking about PCI devices in general because I think we should
implement the vGPU on top of our /pci framework which is
production ready and provides the support of NUMA.
The hardware vendors building their drivers using mdev and the
/pci framework currently understand only SRIOV but on a quick
glance it does not seem complicated to make it support mdev.
In the /pci framework we will have to:
- Update the PciDevice object fields to accept NULL value for
'address' and add new field 'uuid'
- Update PciRequest to handle a new tag like 'vgpu_types'
- Update PciDeviceStats to also maintain pool of vGPUs
The operators will have to create alias(-es) and configure
flavors. Basically most of the logic is already implemented and
the method 'consume_request' is going to select the right vGPUs
according the request.
In /virt we will have to:
- Update the field 'pcipassthroughdevices' to also include GPUs
- Update attach/detach PCI device to handle vGPUs
We have a few people interested in working on it, so we could
certainly make this feature available for Queen.
I can take the lead updating/implementing the PCI and libvirt
driver part, I'm sure Jianghua Wang will be happy to take the lead
for the virt XenServer part.
And I trust Jay, Stephen and Sylvain to follow the developments.
I understand the desire to get something in to Nova to support
vGPUs, and I understand that the existing /pci modules represent the
fastest/cheapest way to get there.
I won't block you from making any of the above changes, Sahid. I'll
even do my best to review them. However, I will be primarily
focusing this cycle on getting the nested resource providers work
feature-complete for (at least) SR-IOV PF/VF devices.
The decision of whether to allow an approach that adds more to the
existing /pci module is ultimately Matt's.
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Nested resource providers is not merged or production ready because we
haven't made it a priority. We've certainly talked about it and Jay
has had patches proposed for several releases now though.
Building vGPU support into the existing framework, which only a couple
of people understand - certainly not me, might be a short-term gain
but is just more technical debt we have to pay off later, and delays
any focus on nested resource providers for the wider team.
At the Queens PTG it was abundantly clear that many features are
dependent on nested resource providers, including several
networking-related features like bandwidth-based scheduling.
The priorities for placement/scheduler in Queens are:
- Dan Smith's migration allocations cleanup.
- Alternative hosts for reschedules with cells v2.
- Nested resource providers.
All of these are in progress and need review.
I personally don't think we should abandon the plan to implement vGPU
support with nested resource providers without first seeing any code
changes for it as a proof of concept. It also sounds like we have a
pretty simple staggered plan for rolling out vGPU support so it's not
very detailed to start. The virt driver reports vGPU inventory and we
decorate the details later with traits (which Alex Xu is working on and needs review).
Sahid, you could certainly implement a separate proof of concept and
make that available if the nested resource providers-based change hits
major issues or goes far too long and has too much risk, then we have
a contingency plan at least. But I don't expect that to get review
priority and you'd have to accept that it might not get merged since
we want to use nested resource providers.
That seems to be fair, I understand your desire to make the implementation on Resource Provider a priority and I'm with you. In general my preference is to do not stop progress on virt features because we have a new "product" on-going.
Either way we are going to need solid functional testing and that
functional testing should be written against the API as much as
possible so that it works regardless of the backend implementation of
the feature. One of the big things we failed at in Pike was not doing
enough functional testing of move operations with claims in the
scheduler earlier in the cycle. That all came in late and we're still fixing bugs as a result.
It's very true and most of the time we are asking our users to be beta-testers, that is one more reason why my preference is for a real deprecation phase.
If we can get started early on the functional testing for vGPUs, then
work both implementations in parallel, we should be able to retain the
functional tests and determine which implementation we ultimately need
to go with probably sometime in the second milestone.
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